Reducing Opioid Overdose Deaths by Expanding Naloxone Distribution and Addressing Structural Barriers to Care

Published in: American Journal of Public Health, Volume 111, No. 8, pages 1382–1384 (August 2021). doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306376

by Rosanna Smart, Corey S. Davis

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Increasing access to naloxone is a key component of efforts to decrease time to overdose rescue and reduce fatal opioid overdose. The past decade has seen substantial efforts to expand naloxone availability through three primary channels: (1) emergency medical services and other uniformed first responders responding to an overdose; (2) pharmacies, both via traditional prescriptions and non-patient-specific prescription mechanisms; and (3) overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs.

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