U.S. Sur­geon Gen­eral Dr. Jerome Adams wants more Amer­i­cans

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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.

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