In an effort to combat its current opioid drug epidemic, the city of Baltimore working towards giving all of its residents access to an overdose antidote called naloxone. Although naloxone is a simple and safe way to instantly reverse the effects of an overdose, the drug is hard for many people to access. This initiative aims to make the drug more widely available so that fewer people die as a result of an overdose.
The new initiative is being spearheaded by Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen. While the drug is already available at local pharmacies to those who complete a short training session, Wen aims to ensure that naloxone is in the first aid kit of every home in the city. While the idea of making the overdose antidote accessible to every resident may seem extreme, there are nearly 20,000 heroin users in Baltimore that could need naloxone at some point.
With many cities facing similar drug problems, the initiative could prove to be an effective way of dealing with overdoses.