Surgeon general urges Americans to carry overdose antidote

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The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone in an effort to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams is expected to speak on the new public health advisory Thursday morning at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.

In a news release, Adams says he hopes those who are at risk — as well as their friends and family members — will keep the antidote on hand. He says 77 percent of opioid overdoses occur outside of a medical setting.

Naloxone, which is available over the counter in most states, can restore a person’s breathing after it is injected or sprayed in the nostrils, quickly reviving overdose victims.

More than 42,000 Americans suffered fatal opioid overdoses in 2016.

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