Health officials pushing for more overdose reversal prescriptions
47 ABC – Government health officials are telling doctors to consider prescribing overdose reversal drugs like Narcan to several more patients taking opioid painkillers.
The move came down on Wednesday after the Assistant Secretary for Health expressed the importance for doctors to discuss overdose dangers with patients.
More than 47,600 Americans died of opioid overdoses last year, so officials are hoping by adding prescriptions like Narcan to the mix it could save lives.
It’s something local health officials think might be a good idea.
“I look at Narcan like a second chance, you know, and I think that it’s definitely something that you should have on hand. Not just for the person who may overdose but family members to open up that conversation to educate them on how to administer Narcan because again it has been shown to save lives, explains Melissa Taylor, PA for Your Doc’s In.
Officials say the strategy could add more than one billion dollars in health care costs.