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The crisis has reached such proportions that health departments are urging people to carry Naloxone, an antidote for an opioid overdose, in case they come across an overdosed addict. - Richard B. Levine/SIPA USA/PA Images

One death every 12.5 minutes – the opioid epidemic ravaging America

Today the US Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, issued a press release urging “more individuals, including family, friends and those who are personally at risk for an opioid overdose” to carry the drug Naloxone, an antidote to opioid overdose. Not trained health professionals and emergency service workers (they already carry the drug), but ordinary men and women.

The “Nation’s Doctor” is not the first person to call on members of the public carry Naloxone – health departments across America have been putting up adverts (like the one pictured, in New York) recommending it. It seems shocking advice, but then the epidemic is at shocking levels – in the largest economy in the world, someone dies of an opioid overdose every 12.5 minutes.

 

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