Naloxone: “To give or not to give”

WHAT IT IS

  • Naloxone is a drug used to stop an overdose of opioids.
  • Opioids are drugs used to relieve pain and are addictive.
  • People are prescribed expensive legal opioids after surgery.
  • Many who become addicted turn to cheaper illegal drugs, specifically heroin.

WHY IT MATTERS

Americans use 80% of the world’s opioids, which cause a death due to overdose every 19 minutes. Recently, a heroin epidemic has risen in U.S. middle class suburbs. Reports suggest the average age for first try is around 23 years-old.

  • SAVE THEM ALL: “Use Naloxone”

    • Every life counts: Naloxone is a safe drug that works immediately, saving 26,000 lives between 1996-2014.
    • Teaches a lesson: Naloxone dissipates after 90 minutes leaving many to feel the symptoms of withdrawal.
    • Not intentional: Addicts do not get high with the intention of overdosing or relying on naloxone.
  • FIX THE PROBLEM: “Against Naloxone”

    • Life must matter: There should be a recovery program for those treated with naloxone to ensure sobriety.
    • Teaches dependency: Addicts are often treated multiple times with naloxone, allowing a “safety net” for overdoses.
    • Not a solution: Naloxone is not a cure-all for abuse and does not fix addiction.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • Should the amount of painkillers prescribed be reduced?
  • Should naloxone only be available to those prescribed painkillers?
  • Are there enough available substance abuse treatment centers?