More Americans should carry naloxone

Surgeon general urges more Americans to carry overdose antidote naloxone

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
April 05, 2018 - 2:05 pm
U.S. Surgeon General

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The nation's chief doctor issued a public health advisory. Surgeon General Jerome Adams wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives.

Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Thursday morning, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued his office's first national public health advisory in 13 years.

"You don't have to be a policeman or a firefighter or a paramedic to save a life," said Adams, who pointed out that more than half of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. occur at home.

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