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Perhaps Treat an Opioid Overdose as You Would a Heart Attack

In the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic, states have expanded access to naloxone, the medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. However, historically, emergency responders administer naloxone in the field, take the individual to the emergency room for a quick check, and a few hours later, the individual is sent home with little to no information about long term treatment. Contrast that with the experience of a heart attack patient. He or she is usually sent home with medicines and a ream of information about how to prevent recurrence. An emergency room in Indiana has started a program whereby a person who is revived from an overdose is treated like a person who just experienced a heart attack, and routed to counseling and treatment. Read the full story here.

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