Opiate overdoses and the use of Naloxone

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Mark Gruba sits down Dr. Matt Devine from the University of Rochester to discuss Opiod use in New York State.

Dr. Devine says, “in the nation, there’s still about 50,000 related deaths to opiate use, being heroin, or even prescription drugs, and in New York State, we have similar difficulties or problems that we’re having to deal with just on a daily basis.”

But Naloxone is helping first responders and medical professionals deal with the problem. Dr. Devine says, “giving the reversing agent in the field to those that are overdosing can help save lives, and they’ve been training almost over 100,000 kind of first responders and EMT’s throughout that time, and they’ve almost given close to 2,000 doses of the medication that has been effective.”

The quick doses are even available in some drug stores, in the hopes of preventing these drug related deaths. For more information click here. You can also check with the CDC or the New York State Department of Health. 

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