US top doctor urges Americans to carry opioid antidote



The doctor tasked with overseeing US public health has issued an advisory calling upon more Americans to carry a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams, in the first advisory issued since 2005, said more people need to recognise the risk of overdose and carry naloxone.
"Each day we lose 115 Americans to an opioid overdose - that's one person every 12.5 minutes," Dr Adams said.
The drug epidemic is now killing more people than the HIV crisis at its peak.
More than 250,000 people have died over the past decade due to drug overdose - fuelled in large... read more

 
5 April 2018 in World News, Views: 57
Source: BBC
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