February 7, 2013

Education is a life-saver

Researchers at the Boston Medical Center say a program that teaches people to recognize and respond to overdoses of opioids can significantly decrease the number of overdose deaths.

To combat opiod-overdose deaths, Massachusetts instituted a program that trains people to who use opioids, as well as their families and friends, to prevent, recognize and respond to drug overdoses. 
Participants learn the signs of overdose, how and where to seek help, the importance of remaining present with victims, and how to use the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.
The new study included 19 communities with high opioid overdose levels, the drugfree.org report stated. Over the course of the study, the communities that implemented the Overdose Education and Nasal Naloxone Distribution program had a larger reduction in overdose deaths, compared with those without such programs. 
Furthermore, the report said, the more people enrolled in the program, the greater the decrease in death rates.

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