The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year, well over 24,000 Americans die from opioid overdoses. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in 2015 there were at least 3,383 overdose deaths, approximately 9 deaths per day in Pennsylvania alone. Overdose caused by prescription opioids and heroin is now the leading cause of accidental death, surpassing automobile accidents, AIDS, and other high-profile killers. Overdose does not discriminate, reaching all geographic, economic, and racial divides. However, some groups are at a greater risk than others. Individuals re-entering the community from a jail/ prison or those who have recently had a period of non-use or abstinence are more likely to die of an overdose than the general population, as are those with health issues –especially respiratory conditions.
The impact in lives saved by reversal has been immense and has made it possible for hundreds of people to have a second chance at life and the treatment necessary to obtain recovery. If you or a loved one is showing the signs of overdose, you could save their life by calling 911 or by giving them naloxone.
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