National Overdose Awareness Day
Today is National Overdose awareness day. The day will be marked with actions all across the country to shine a light on accidental drug overdose, the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. for people between the ages of 35-54.
“Naloxone is unquestionably the most effective tool we have to reverse an opioid overdose. But the medicine is scarce and it's becoming increasingly expensive. While still a comparative bargain for an incredibly safe drug with a very low side effect profile, save for causing withdrawal among opiate-dependent people, it's being priced out of reach for many of the programs that would like to make it more available.”