Naloxone: This drug can stop an opioid overdose—and you should carry it
In 2016, 42,292 people died of an opioid overdose in the United States alone. It’s part of a heartbreaking epidemic that continues to consume individuals, families, towns, and cities across the country.
Solving the crisis will take time, thought, and money. But there are some small ways that everyday people can work to reduce the body count.
“If you Google ‘naloxone training’ and the city you live in, there are so many state-funded programs and community organizations that are providing free naloxone training right now that most people should be able to find one in their area where they can go, learn how to use naloxone, and get some for free,” says Brenna Greenfield, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, in an interview with Popular Science.