While calling Narcan (the brand name for active ingredient naloxone) an “antidote” to heroin isn’t quite accurate, the reality that the drug can be dispensed via a nasal spray in order to revive a drug user who is dying of overdose certainly give the impression that it is a miracle elixir out of a movie.
Recent articles from The Greenville Sun and and the Idaho Press highlight how police officers in Tusculum (Tennessee) and Nampa (Idaho) have been trained in administering the potentially life saving concoction.
This is emblematic of the full blown health crisis that opiate addiction and overdose now represents in the United States.
The United states contains 5% of the total world population yet consumes 80% of the world’s narcotic medications. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has gone on record as describing the opiate addiction and overdose epidemic as a “full blown health crisis.”