Expanding Access to Naloxone: Reducing Fatal Overdose, Saving Lives

Drug Policy Alliance

A serious but largely overlooked crisis has taken root in the United States. More than 100 people die every day in the United States from a drug overdose. Overdose rates have tripled since 1990 and increased more than 140 percent between 2000 and 2008. This overdose epidemic continues virtually unchecked despite the existence of practical, low-cost interventions.

Chief among today's highly effective available practices to halt and reverse the growing toll of accidental overdose fatalities is naloxone hydrochloride (also known as Narcan™), a low-cost medicine available generically that was first approved by the FDA in 1971.

This policy brief, released in advance of a groundbreaking hearing on April 12, details how naloxone is already saving lives and includes steps that policymakers and public health officials can take to further reduce fatal overdoses.

Drug Overdose
Harm Reduction