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NY lawmakers must OK more than just Narcan to fight fentanyl

Good news: Fentanyl overdose ‘recovery’ drug is saving lives across the country.

Bad news: Opioid-related OD deaths are skyrocketing in New York (from 18 in 1999 to 4,950 in 2022), and it takes four to five doses of Narcan to revive a fentanyl victim. is often required, yet states have refused to implement fentanyl-specific remedies. drugs.

why? Policy is being led not by true public health experts but by harm reduction ideologues who worry that other “relief” drugs will have unpleasant side effects for heroine addicts.

seriously.


New York state is refusing to adopt a better fentanyl-specific drug to fight overdoses, the Post Editorial Board writes. AP Photo/Leah Willingham, File

About 27 other states are using FDA-approved OD “reversal” drugs that are more effective than naloxone in the fight against synthetic opioids, such as OpVee.

Narcan was originally developed to reverse heroin overdoses. Back in 2017, when 80% of his OD was heroin-related, it made sense for him to become addicted to it.

But fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are now mixed into all kinds of recreational drugs that the average user likes and are a leading cause of death.

States can still keep naloxone available for paramedics and others to use when they deem it the best treatment, but states can still make naloxone available for use by paramedics and others when they deem it the best treatment, but states can still make naloxone available for use by paramedics and others when they deem it the best treatment, but they have better, faster-acting drugs for the main causes of OD. To block it is outrageous.

Governor Hochul should order the Ministry of Health and OASAS (Office of Addiction Services and Support) to accept this. all FDA-approved overdose treatment.

Don’t let ideologues get in the way of saving lives.

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