We’re on the path to over­dose cri­sis

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

I WRITE to you from the not-for-profit Pen­ing­ton In­sti­tute to high­light that it is crit­i­cal new so­lu­tions are found to Aus­tralia’s huge cri­sis with opi­oid drugs.

The lat­est Aus­tralia’s An­nual Over­dose Re­port 2018 re­veals a mas­sive 87 per cent in­crease in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal opi­oid deaths from 2008 to 2014 in Aus­tralia.

We are talk­ing about drugs like oxy­codone, codeine and fen­tanyl – which is around 100 times more pow­er­ful than pure mor­phine. Heroin over­dose deaths are in­creas­ing too. In 2016, 2177 lives were lost to over­dose. One an­swer lies in a very im­por­tant drug that we are not hear­ing enough about. Nalox­one. It needs to be put into the hands of the peo­ple who need it most.

Put sim­ply, nalox­one saves lives and tem­po­rar­ily re­verses an opi­oid over­dose. Nalox­one also re­verses a heroin over­dose. I urge read­ers to ask your lo­cal MP what role they are play­ing in get­ting nalox­one into the hands of peo­ple who need it most – and ask their lo­cal MP what ac­tions are they re­ally tak­ing to help re­duce ac­ci­den­tal drug over­doses in the lo­cal area?

John Ryan, CEO, Pen­ing­ton In­sti­tute

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