University of Florida HealthStreet, in partnership with the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health of the Florida Department of Children and Families, launched the Naloxone Saves Lives campaign on January 7. The event was designed to educate the community about the opioid crisis, demonstrate the use of lifesaving naloxone, and distribute the drug to those in attendance.
“Overdose deaths in 2017 increased by almost 10 percent, claiming the lives of more than 70,000 Americans,” said Dr. Linda B. Cottler, founding director of HealthStreet, dean’s professor of epidemiology and the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ associate dean for research. “Nearly 48,000 of those were opioid overdose deaths, with the sharpest increase occurring among deaths related to illicitly-made fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. Naloxone can saves lives by reversing the effects of prescription opioid, heroin and fentanyl.”
Naloxone, which was distributed under the brand name Narcan®, comes in a two dosage box of 4 mg nasal spray containers. While legislation is being updated and access to alternative pain management is developing, naloxone is still one of the most direct ways to save someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 17