WHO recommends naloxone to prevent 20,000 overdose deaths in U.S.

November 4, 2014 12:01 PM

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WHO recommends naloxone to prevent 20,000 overdose deaths in U.S.

GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 20,000 deaths might be prevented every year in the United States alone if naloxone, used to counter drug overdoses, was more widely available, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

Few countries have such good data as the United States, but the WHO estimates about 69,000 people around the world die each year from overdoses of heroin or other opioids, with Iran, Russia and China known to have high numbers of opioid users.

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