Mitigating opioids’ harm

published on September 11, 2019 by Cassandra Willyard in Nature

Haven Wheelock carries a dose of naloxone everywhere she goes. She calls it a “magical medication” with the power to bring people back from the brink of death.

Wheelock runs a syringe-exchange programme for Outside In, a non-profit organization that provides medical care and other services for low-income and homeless people in Portland, Oregon. She has administered the opioid-blocking medication 21 times. The drug has never failed, but that doesn’t make using it any less terrifying…

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