Wider Use of Naloxone Could Cut Deaths From Drug Overdoses: CDC

April 24, 2015 6:00 PM

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FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Allowing more emergency medical service (EMS) workers to administer the prescription drug naloxone could reduce the number of overdose deaths caused by opioid drugs, U.S. health officials said Friday.

Opioids include powerful prescription narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and codeine as well as heroin. Prescription opioids caused more than 16,000 deaths in the United States in 2013, while heroin caused more than 8,000 deaths, the officials said.

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