Responding to the heroin epidemic
Published Date:July 7, 2015
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office of the Associate Director for Communications.
Description: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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