Ask yourself, what if every emergency physician was required to prescribe naloxone to patients who they felt were at risk of an overdose?
How many lives could be saved with broader availability of naloxone in the community?
Up until recently, the only people with access to this life-saving medication were medical and pre-hospital care providers.
A few years ago, the FDA approved naloxone auto-injectors (similar to an EpiPen©) that individuals can take home and self-administer (or to a friend) in the setting of a potentially fatal overdose.
Despite this, many states continue to have backwards and misguided policies that do not allow physicians to prescribe naloxone; its use is restricted to medical personnel only.