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Teens Dying From Heroin Overdoses Because They Fear Arrest: Why We Should Distribute Naloxone

Reforms that expand access to life-saving overdose medication may not go far enough.

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The drug, which is non-addictive and safe, can be easily administered (intranasally, for example) by anyone with the most basic level of training. Naloxone could be prescribed to addicts looking to stay safe, or sold over-the-counter, or handed out for free.

Of course, making a prescription drug more available also means making it more affordable, and the pharmaceutical company behind naloxone appears to have very  little interest in doing that.

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

 
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