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Naloxone Reverses a Drug Overdose, But the Addiction Remains

Death from heroin or opioid overdose has become one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. according to the CDC. While heroin addiction has grown in the past decade, prescription-opioid addiction has soared, contributing to the increase in heroin use. Heroin and prescription drug addiction has become so rampant that naloxone, commonly called Narcan, is distributed to anyone likely to come into contact with a possible drug overdose victim, including police, paramedics and users' families, reports CTV News. But while Narcan can reverse heroin and opioid overdoses, it doesn't touch the real problem, addiction. In only a very few places will drug abusers brought back to the world of the living after overdosing be put into long-term care to address their addiction. Read more at http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/health/naloxone-reverses-a-drug-overd....