Naloxone Use Among Intravenous Drug Users
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In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency and outlined strategies to combat the opioid crisis which saw a 37% increase between 2017 and 2018 in Philadelphia. We reviewed data collected when drug users sought refills for Naloxone that included details of the overdose event. 29 subjects were interviewed about their personal experiences being revived by and reviving others with Naloxone. Subjects’ drug use behavior is typically not modified as a result of overdose and most drug users use Naloxone to revive strangers. Overdose symptom awareness is moderate and medical intervention during overdose is limited.
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