Naloxone saves lives; FDA helping to expand access

Anyone can save a life during an opioid overdose with naloxone, a life-saving drug that, when sprayed into the nose or injected, quickly reverses the powerful effects of opioids during an overdose. Opioids are class of drugs that include heroin, fentanyl, and prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine. “With naloxone, anyone can help save the life of someone who’s having an opioid overdose,” said Dr. Douglas C. Throckmorton, MD, Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We want everyone who may witness an opioid overdose – family members, friends, neighbors, and others close to people who use opioids – to have access to naloxone and to feel confident using it during an emergency. Without naloxone, the risk of an overdose being fatal is significant.” Learn more 

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