Heroin-overdose antidote now distributed free to addicts, others across the nation

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Drug-overdose antidote is put in addicts' hands (AP)
    So what does this drug do, why are we just hearing about it, and what are the pros and cons?
    much more at AP link above
     
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  3. AnaTeresa

    AnaTeresa New Member

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    I think this is a good thing, much like the clean needles campaign.
     
  4. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    wfgodot Former Member

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    I'm wondering why this might work on heroin alone, and not on other opiate-based drugs such as painkillers, which are at times genuinely necessary for addicts and non-addicts alike. List me as "doubtful" on this one till testing is further done.
     
  6. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    hmmm ... gonna have to ponder this one
     
  7. Paulette

    Paulette Active Member

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    Oh Yes! We must preserve the heroin addicts so they can live to shoot-up another day.
     
  8. dsntslp

    dsntslp New Member

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    I think it is a wonderful idea!
    If they are going to use then they are going to use anyway.
    Just because they have a drug problem does not mean we should withhold life saving medication.
    Many a drug user has straightened up and gotten their life together to go on to become a very valuable part of society.

    And yes, those addicts families and friends want them saved to live another day until they can get their chit together and be involved with their children, parents, siblings, grand parents and friends.

    I can only pray that anybody so callous, that would withhold life saving medication, be spared the anguish of having drug addiction touch them or their families lives.


    IMO
     
  9. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    I believe that this is a good thing

    I used to be the nursing sister on a unit which provided a rapid opiate detox using Naltrexone. We used to keep the recovering addicts on a maintenance dose, supervised by a responsible adult.
    As well as reversing the effects of an overdose it blocks the euphoria that opiates give you. This is ALL opiates not just heroin.

    Just as a FYI as I am not sure that I agree with this type of treatment.
    IMO the addict has their best chance of recovery by using the NA programme.

    In 2010 I was given a massive OD of morphine in the recovery room after surgery. Naltrexone saved my life.
     
  10. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    Ever since I saw this thread, I've been imagining the reaction from my parents if I showed them my heroin-overdose-antidote kit and told them they needed to learn how to use it in case I had an emergency.

    I don't think I'd live long enough to use the kit.
     
  11. drip~drop

    drip~drop kiss a fuzzie

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    oi
    Or you'd give them heart attacks! Narcan has saved me more then once. Not heroin...never even seen that stuff.
    I'm glad they have it now. Just because they have an addiction doesn't mean they should die. :(
     

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