OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts

by Rachel Baker on June 22, 2015

This is great news for the organizations and programs that support and provide the ‘family and friends OD-reversal’ kits. Better than that though, this is great news for the family and friends.

Read More: ‘Friends and Family’ OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts’ Lives.

Friends and family members have saved the lives of tens of thousands of narcotic drug users from overdoses by using emergency injection kits containing naloxone (Narcan) — a medication that can potentially reverse the effects of some narcotic drugs, a new federal report says.

Almost 27,000 drug-overdose reversals using Narcan kits were reported to U.S. health officials between 1996 and 2014, according to the report.

“Overdoses are often witnessed by other drug users and family members of drug users,” said lead researcher Eliza Wheeler, DOPE Project Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition in Oakland, Calif.

That’s why more than 600 organizations have programs in place to provide Narcan kits to friends and family of narcotic drug users. From 1996 through June 2014, these groups have provided Narcan kits to more than 150,000 people, according to the researchers.

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