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Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Narcan

As opioid-related deaths continue to spike in regions all across the nation, the Surgeon General issued a rare advisory, advising anyone affected by opioids to carry Narcan.

As reported by CNN, Dr. Jerome Adams emphasized that “knowing how to use naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life.” To make his point, Adams relied on a rarely used tool: the surgeon general’s advisory. The last such advisory was issued more than a decade ago and focused on drinking during pregnancy.

Adams noted that the number of overdose deaths from prescription and illicit opioids doubled in recent years: from 21,089 deaths across the nation in 2010 to 42,249 in 2016.
America’s top doctor attributed this “steep increase” to several contributing factors, including “the rapid proliferation of illicitly made fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic opioids” and “an increasing number of individuals receiving higher doses of prescription opioids for long-term management of chronic pain.”

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Research shows that when naloxone and overdose education are available to community members, overdose deaths decrease in those communities,” Adams said. Naloxone is used by police officers, first responders and emergency medical techs to reverse opioid overdoses. Adams added that increasing both the availability of naloxone and effective treatment is critical to ending the opioid epidemic.

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To learn more about the Surgeon General’s warning, please visit CNN.com.

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