The governments at both federal and state levels in the United States are making efforts and devising various measures to combat the opioid epidemic. One such step is use of overdose-reversing drug naloxone. To encourage the use of naloxone, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory in April 2018 for pharmacists, prescribers and other experts.
Various studies are also being conducted to understand the benefits of using naloxone. A report presented at the recent annual meeting of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) highlighted that 12.7 percent patients undergoing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder went on to use the take-home naloxone kits on friends and others in just a span of three months. Read more