Opioid abuse is increasing. Opioids include both prescription painkillers and illegal drugs like heroin. Increased abuse leads to a high number of overdose deaths in Utah. However, in an effort to stop drug overdose deaths the state Department of Health now allows pharmacies to provide naloxone over the counter, without a prescription. This post will help you understand what this medication is and how it could save someone you care about.
What is naloxone?
Naloxone is a medication that combats the effects of opioids, specifically during an overdose. Importantly, the medication works within two to five minutes. It is included in emergency overdose response kits and proven to reduce overdose deaths.
- How does it help?
The Department of Health is working to reduce the number of deaths from overdose. Having naloxone readily available at pharmacies will make this life-saving medication more accessible.
Also, the Department is emphasizing prevention. Since overdoses are often accidental, having this medication on hand before they happen is essential Having naloxone on hand in case of an overdose can save a life.
If you know you are at risk for an overdose or know someone who is, consider buying this life-saving medication and keeping it in case of an emergency.
Experienced Utah Personal Injury Attorneys
Medications like naloxone can save peoples lives, but they are not always perfect. Naloxone is an extremely important resource, but bad medicine is a reality, and other drugs can cause serious medical issues. At Christensen & Hymas, we help people injured in all kinds of accidents. We are experienced and know how to help you win your claim and get you the compensation you deserve.
If you are injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, contact us for a free initial consultation! We will help you understand your rights and your chances in a personal injury case.