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Connecticut and Narcan Heroin Overdose AntidoteNarcan or Naloxone (a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdose) is said to have already saved an estimated 10,000 lives nationwide. Although this drug is being instrumental in saving many lives, Connecticut still requires a prescription in order for someone to obtain the drug. As many states have already taken the initiative to hand out Naloxone without a prescription (New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont), family and friends of individual who would benefit from Narcan are hopeful that Connecticut's state official will make a favorable decision on the subject soon.

For those who are not familiar with the drug, Narcan is used as a nasal spray or injection. it has no  side-effects and doctors say that it is safer than aspirin. While Narcan can be dispensed by a prescription to family members of a heroin addict, emergency medical responders still cannot administer Narcan to their patients. This seems absurd considering the lives that can be immediately saved by using this drug, as many who overdose don't always make it to the hospital.

While other states are allowing citizens with no medical background to use Narcan freely to save their loved ones, in 2013 drug overdoses in Connecticut killed about 500 people with heroin being the cause of half of those deaths. Hopefully, all of these points will be assessed by the Governor of Connecticut and the General Assembly, because it is only a matter of time before they realize that restricting Narcan will kill more lives than saving them. Expectantly, by this time next year, or even before that, we will see major changes to the Narcan bill in Connecticut, and hopefully more individuals who overdose will be getting the opportunity to evaluate their addiction and get treatment.

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