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Responding to the heroin epidemic
  • Published Date:
    July 7, 2015
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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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