Heroin Use On the Rise

A recent scan of the headlines says it all: “New York Struggles With Heroin Overdoses”; “New Report Shows Explosive Growth of Heroin in Kentucky”; “Ohio Struggles With Epidemic of Heroin Overdoses”; and “Massachusetts Governor Declares...


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Most police departments involved in administering Narcan are not having officers start IVs and draw up Narcan to be injected through the IV site; rather, they use a nasal spray form of Narcan. In other states, an EMT and EMR (emergency medical responder) scope of practice has now been expanded to let EMTs administer Narcan. As part of this momentum, on April 3, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Narcan auto injectors by family members and caregivers to someone they suspect has overdosed on heroin.

This all adds up to a heightened awareness and efforts to combat the rise in heroin use. We hope it will all end one day.