Monday, September 15, 2014

R.I. Leads Way in Treating Overdoses

Providence Journal, September 15, 2014

"By the end of August, all 60 CVS pharmacies across Rhode Island offered the opiate antidote Narcan, also known as naloxone, without a prescription. Narcan offers immediate help during an overdose from opiates such as heroin or prescription painkillers like OxyContin. If given early enough, Narcan can even reverse an overdose by restoring breathing and save the life of the user. This breakthrough could save hundreds of lives across Rhode Island, where a recent spike in overdose deaths has led to what some are calling an epidemic." Read more

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