‘As opioid-related deaths have continued to climb, naloxone, a drug that can reverse overdoses, has become an important part of the public health response. When people overdosing struggle to breathe, naloxone can restore normal breathing and save their lives. But the drug has to be given quickly.
On Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory that encouraged more people to routinely carry naloxone.
“The call to action is to recognize if you’re at risk,” he tells Morning Edition‘s Rachel Martin. “And if you or a loved one are at risk, keep within reach, know how to use naloxone.”‘