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Giving Narcan to addicts can be counterproductive


Sunday, February 12, 2017

by Vindy.com Vindicator Youngstown

Giving Narcan to addicts can be counterproductive

The heroin and fentanyl epidemic continues to grow in Northeast Ohio. The number of opiate drug deaths exceeds traffic- related fatalities. Much is said about drug treatment, but little is said about keeping heroin out of our communities.

As a registered nurse, I appreciate the well-intended efforts to save addicts’ lives by expanding access to Narcan, but that expanded availability does not stop addicts from using heroin or fentanyl. In fact, giving Narcan to heroin addicts invites more and potentially more harmful heroin/fentanyl use.

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As a registered nurse, I appreciate the well-intended efforts to save addicts’ lives by expanding access to Narcan, but that expanded availability does not stop addicts from using heroin or fentanyl. In fact, giving Narcan to heroin addicts invites more and potentially more harmful heroin/fentanyl use.

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Giving Narcan to addicts can be counterproductive

The heroin and fentanyl epidemic continues to grow in Northeast Ohio. The number of opiate drug deaths exceeds traffic- related fatalities. Much is said about drug treatment, but little is said about keeping heroin out of our communities.

As a registered nurse, I appreciate the well-intended efforts to save addicts’ lives by expanding access to Narcan, but that expanded availability does not stop addicts from using heroin or fentanyl. In fact, giving Narcan to heroin addicts invites more and potentially more harmful heroin/fentanyl use.

- See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/feb/12/giving-narcan-to-addicts-can-be-counterp/#sthash.d1yybXwx.dpuf