U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams today recommended that more Americans should be equipped with Narcan (naloxone) to save victims of opioid overdoses. “Research shows that when naloxone and overdose education are available to community members, overdose deaths decrease in those communities,” noted Dr. Adams.
Adams noted that the number of overdose deaths annually from prescription and illicit opioids doubled in recent years: from 21,089 in 2010 to 42,249 in 2016.
“We should think of naloxone like an EpiPen or CPR,” he said.
Official Advisory Underlines Importance of Narcan
To make a strong statement, the Surgeon General made an official surgeon general’s advisory, a tool that has not been used in over 10 years. “No mother should have to bury their child, and especially not when there’s a life-saving medication that virtually anyone can access,” Adams said. “It is for this reason that I am issuing the first Surgeon General’s Advisory in 13 years.”
HealthFirst Equips dentists with Narcan
Recognizing the severity of the growing opioid crisis, HealthFirst has added NARCAN® Nasal Spray to the core set of medications in the SM Series of emergency medical kits. Dental offices that have an SM Series emergency medical kit can rely on HealthFirst to keep their narcan and other life-saving medications up to date through the Auto-Replenishment Service.
Learn more about the SM Series emergency medical kit.