December 3, 2013

Making Naloxone Available

1 States Act to Avoid Opioid Overdose Deaths

In an effort applauded by the American Medical Association (AMA), some U.S. states are making naloxone, a drug that can potentially prevent opioid overdose deaths, more available. California recently joined Colorado, New Jersey and Oklahoma in making it easier for healthcare professionals to prescribe, dispense and distribute naloxone. Naloxone, which has been proven to save lives, poses no potential for abuse and can be administered easily, including through a nasal spray. According to the AMA, the number of people seeking help for prescription painkiller addiction has increased six fold in the last decade. Recently, the FDA issued new labeling requirements with the intention to provide more specific warnings and guidelines for opioid use for both physicians and consumers.

More at Www.ama-Assn.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: FDA Announces New Labeling Rules for Opioids

Tags: American Medical Association, Food and Drug Administration, Opioids, Accidental Overdose Deaths, Naloxone

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