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It was the first general public health advisory issued by the Surgeon General since 2005, when an advisory about prenatal exposure to alcohol was issued.

That's why the USA surgeon general's office issued its first advisory in 13 years, calling for members of the public, not just first-responders, to carry the overdose reversal drug naloxone.

Dr. Jerome Adams explained the details at this year's national RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. Between 2010 and 2016, the number of opioid-overdose deaths jumped from 21,000 to 42,000.

Last year, an estimated 600 Long Islanders fatally overdosed, and an additional 1,200 people in Nassau and Suffolk counties were revived from overdoses with naloxone, officials said. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers an Opioid Overdose Toolkit, and other government websites offer more information about naloxone's side effects and access.

Not long after their decision, a federal advisory is now saying more people should be carrying naloxone. One of those, Kaléo, announced two initiatives in conjunction with the surgeon general's announcement.

Adapt has launched programs to provide free and discounted samples of NARCAN to schools and first responders. Some pharmacies are waiving co-pays.

"An estimated 2.1 million people in the USA struggle with an opioid use disorder", Adams said. The Senate HELP Committee Wednesday is set to hold a hearing the same day, and has released a bipartisan discussion draft of its own opioid package. "Many of those prescriptions are at doses where patients are at risk". "It's important that we use naloxone as a bridge to definitive treatment and long-term recovery", said Dr. Adams.

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Adams said 95 percent of all insured Americans are covered to purchase naloxone.

The drug can be administered through a nasal spray or as an injection.

Several drugmakers make injectable versions of naxolone. For those who are uninsured, Narcan can cost around $80 per dose but the antidote is often available at little or no cost through local public health programs.

Ward said she was also "gratified" to see the House and Senate consider legislation that would increase access to evidenced-based treatments for addiction, such as medication and psycho-social supports "that really are the cornerstones of treating opioid addiction".

Surgeon General narcan plea to deal with growing incidence of opioid addiction/overdoses.

Emergency rooms are already seeing more and more patients for drug related visits and drug experts we talked to say no drug bought on the street is truly safe pointing out there have now been cases where marijuana is being laced with the deadly Fentanyl. "And if you or a loved one are at risk, keep within reach, know how to use naloxone". "The resulting unpredictability in illegal drug products is dramatically increasing the risk of fatal overdose", the advisory says.


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