Heroin Overdose ‘Cure’ Exists, But Can Users Find It?

by Rachel Baker on February 25, 2014

Here’s an interesting investigative report from NBC News about Naloxone, an opiate overdose antidote.

Tracey Helton’s descent into the world of opiates began at 17, when she had her wisdom teeth pulled and was prescribed Vicodin.

Not long after, she began shooting heroin. Then came a fateful move to San Francisco, periods of homelessness, a featured role in an HBO documentary about heroin addicts and an overdose that nearly killed her.

Today, the mother of three is 15 years clean and an advocate for expanded health care options for drug abusers, especially access to the opiate overdose antidote naloxone. She has good reason: Helton says it saved her life during her darkest days of drug addiction.

“Naloxone should be in every first-aid kit,” Helton said. “And people are dying because they are unaware or don’t have access to it.”

With abuse of heroin and a range of pharmaceutical opiates – including Demerol, fentanyl, oxycodone, Percocet and morphine – at near-crisis levels, the crusade to expand the availability of naloxone has taken on a new urgency. Helton is at the forefront of a movement to push it to the front lines of addiction – everywhere from dark alleyways of the big city to the suburban medicine cabinet — where she and many public health experts say it does the most good.

Check out the remainder of the article here:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/heroin-overdose-cure-exists-can-users-find-it-n33821

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