October 31, 2017 – The availability of the life-saving antidote for opioid overdoses is a key tool to help those struggling with the disease of addiction, but access to treatment with trained clinicians offers the best hope for a life in recovery.
According to analysis compiled by Forbes, individuals who already survived a drug overdose have a 25% chance of overdosing again in the next year. Researchers found that nearly 16% of individuals died within a year of receiving naloxone:
Dr. Phillip Coffin compares naloxone — the drug used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses — to seat belts.
Seat belts can prevent drivers and passengers from dying in a car crash, but seat belts can’t prevent the crashes themselves.
Naloxone can prevent people who overdose on opioid drugs from dying, but it can’t prevent overdoses in the first place. In fact, if you’ve survived an overdose, your chances of overdosing again in the next year are around 25%, says Coffin, director of substance use research at the San Francisco Department of Health.
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