Responding to the heroin epidemic
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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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