Surgeon General's Advisory: Naloxone and Opioid Overdose
In 2018, U.s. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued on advisory encouraging wider use of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone to address the nation's opioid epidemic and related overdose deaths:
I, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, am emphasizing the importance of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. For patients currently taking high doses of opioids as prescribed for pain, individuals misusing prescription opioids, individuals using illicit opioids such as heroin or fentanyl, health care practitioners, family and friends of people who have an opioid use disorder, and community members who come into contact with people at risk for opioid overdose, knowing how to use naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life.
BE PREPARED. GET NALOXONE. SAVE A LIFE.
Read the complete advisory.