U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams wants more Americans
to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives. Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta last week, Adams said he hopes those who are at risk—as well as their friends and family members—will keep the antidote on hand and learn how to use it. According to federal data, more than 42,000 Americans suffered fatal opioid overdoses in 2016, more than double the number who died in 2010. Adams said 95% of all insured Americans are covered to purchase naloxone.