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Responding to the heroin epidemic
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      Responding to the heroin epidemic PREVENT People From Starting Heroin • Reduce prescription opioid painkiller abuse. • Improve opioid painkiller prescribing practices and identify high-risk individuals early. REDUCE Heroin Addiction • Ensure access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). • Treat people addicted to heroin or prescription opioid painkillers with MAT which combines the use of medications (methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone) with counseling and behavioral therapies. REVERSE Heroin Overdose • Expand the use of naloxone. • Use naloxone, a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when administered in time. SOURCE: CDC Vitalsigns, July 2015
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