The World Health Organization (WHO) issues guidelines on opioid overdoses
The World Health Organization (WHO) issues guidelines on opioid overdoses. Worldwide, almost 70,000 people die annually from opioid overdoses, according to data from the WHO, and most of the overdoses occur in private homes. Providing the opioid antagonist naloxone to people likely to witness an overdose—parents, partners, and peers—is a viable community approach to saving lives. Its adoption should be widespread, say the guidelines (http://bit.ly/1E2rmH2), although by the end of 2014, the manufacturer of naloxone had at least doubled its price in the United States, according to several news reports.Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.