Surgeon General: If you know an opiate user, keep naloxone close by

The U.S. Surgeon General on Thursday recommended that those who take opioids, as well as their friends and family, should carry the lifesaving drug naloxone to use in the event of an overdose, addressing head-on a national epidemic that has hit hard on Long Island.

“You don’t have to be a policeman or a firefighter or a paramedic to save a life,” said Dr. Jerome Adams, the nation’s top doctor, who spoke at the National RX Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.