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.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Naloxone is available to all first responders and is sold over the counter.
- The opioid epidemic is quickly increasing in cost.
- Opioid prescription in America is higher than any other country.
- Opioid abuse has quadrupled since 1999.
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?