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Statement touts Narcan, Good Samaritan laws on overdose awareness day

September 2, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The national intervention and treatment referral resource Tri State Treatment Connections used the occasion of the annual International Overdose Awareness Day (Aug. 31) to highlight the continuing crisis of overdoses and to tout the use of reversal medication and Good Samaritan laws to combat the problem.

“If we want to stop overdoses, we need to create easier access to quality treatment and work with the families to help them understand the disease and their role in it,” Tri State Treatment Connections CEO Justin Johnson said in a news release. The Cherry Hill, N.J.-based company cited data showing that in its home state, more than 4,300 individuals died of an overdose between 2010 and 2013.

Johnson said it will be important to get the opioid reversal medication Narcan into more people's hands, while also increasing awareness of provisions in state laws that encourage individuals to call for emergency help when someone they know is believed to be overdosing.

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