Local Leaders Back Narcan to Stop Overdose Deaths

April 1, 2019 — As America’s opioid epidemic continues, seemingly without end, states and other local governments have searched for ways to stem the tide of overdose deaths.

More and more, the answer appears to be a fairly new twist on an old drug designed to reverse opioid overdose: naloxone.

The FDA first approved naloxone, a medication that can revive someone who has stopped breathing from an overdose in a matter of seconds, in 1971. At first, emergency medical personnel gave patients the drug through an IV and did so with dramatic results.