What do we do with a medicine that prevents certain death for people with a particular condition—and is safe, cheap, and easy to administer?
- Immediately make it accessible to those who can administer it when such a life-or-death situation arises.
- Make it available to no one except doctors and emergency room workers.
- Endlessly debate the particulars of how and when it should be widely introduced.
If you picked number one, that would seem to be a reasonable choice. Unfortunately, it would also be incorrect. With few exceptions, answers two or three apply in the vast majority of the world when it comes to the medicine naloxone.
Overdose remains a leading cause of death among people who use drugs, particularly those who inject. Increasing the availability and accessibility of naloxone would reduce these deaths overnight. Continue reading