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Emergency naloxone for heroin overdose: Beware of naloxone's other characteristics

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:754
  1. Andrew J Ashworth, general practitioner (
  1. Davidson's Mains Medical Centre, Edinburgh EH4 5BP

    EDITOR—While naloxone is a good drug for resuscitation we should beware its other characteristics.1 Naloxone has a short half life and so may give unskilled users a false sense of security, introducing a “secondary opiate overdose,” particularly when used to treat overdose with a long acting opiate such as methadone. The authors …

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