Miriam Hospital Overdose Prevention Meeting 2-19-2014

I am grateful for the lives that Naloxone has saved. There are clearly locations which should stock the drug, Recovery Centers, Halfway /Sober Houses and the like.

The danger of providing the drug to anyone who wants it lies in the sense of false security it provides the individual user. Taking possession of the drug could conceivably increase risky behavior. This must be considered.

Young people are so used to instant fixes and solutions, there is a danger that they will incorrectly assume that this is a major component in prevention of addiction.

The use of Naloxone is attacking only the back end of the problem.

We must keep this in mind. My congratulations to the Butler nurse who said this so well at last night’s Community Listening Forum on Overdose Prevention.

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