Drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the US, surpassing automobile accidents, but a new study suggests that distributing naloxone to opioid drug users could reduce the death toll in a cost-effective manner. The study was published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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A bill designed to reduce drug overdose deaths by providing some legal protection to people who witness them and summon medical assistance has been approved by the state legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Chris Christie (R). The bill passed the Senate Monday on a 21-10 vote; it had cleared the Assembly back in May.
Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs 911 Good Samaritan Law to Reduce Drug and Alcohol Overdose Deaths in New York
Law Encourages People to Call 911 During An Overdose by Providing Shield From Charge and Prosecution for Drug or Alcohol Possession