Opioid Crisis Response

(NBC News) Officials suggest that more Americans carry the drug overdose antidote Naloxone, especially if they know someone with an opioid problem.

“We can make sure that no mother ever has to open up their bedroom door and find their son dead or overdosing and unable to respond,” said U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

Adams says over 100 people die from opioid overdoses every day, and the majority are in the home. The antidote, commonly referred to as Narcan, costs about 130 dollars, but Adams says they are looking to make it more affordable.

A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that spending on opioid prescriptions is down 27 percent since 2009, while the cost of treating addiction has soared.

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