World Health Organization and Overdose Drug Naloxone

November 4, 2014 8:22 PM

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Countries should increase access to the overdose antidote naloxone in order to lower deaths from opioids around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) says in recently released guidelines.

Naloxone is used in an emergency when an individual is overdosing from opioids like heroin, oxycodone and morphine. In the U.S. alone, naloxone has stopped 10,171 overdoses between 2006 and 2010.

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