Relaxing prescribing of naloxone could save lives of drug users, expert says

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 21 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2980
  1. Daniel Henderson, BMJ

    A leading pharmacologist has called for more widespread availability of a drug that could save the lives of users of opiates.

    Leslie Iverson, professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford, believes that naloxone should be made more freely available to families of drug addicts so that they can give an intramuscular injection after a respiratory arrest while waiting for paramedics or other professional treatment.

    “Naloxone needs to be much …

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