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Expert Urges Public Awareness of Heroin Overdose Antidote Drug

In the wake up Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death due to heroin overdose and the hundreds of deaths due to the same drug each year, The New York Times reports on the importance of public awareness of the drug Naloxene. Naloxene is an almost “universally effective” simple compound, in the form of injection or nasal spray, which “works by displacing heroin from its receptors in the brain and rapidly restoring the overdose victim to consciousness and normal breathing.” Currently, the distribution of the drug must be done with medical supervision but a new bill introduced to the New York States Legislature last week would allow doctors to write prescriptions for Naloxene and not have to be present for administration of the drug, “overcoming one major hurdle that impedes widespread distribution.”

Read it in The New York Times.