Why expanding access to Narcan in the US won’t solve the opioid crisis

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two-pack of Narcan nasal spray, which is used to reverse an opioid overdose

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for the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration The (FDA) has approved a naloxone treatment — a drug called Narcan that rapidly reverses opioid overdoses — for use without a prescription. The decision is welcome news for a country in the midst of an ever-worsening opioid crisis. There is no doubt that this will save lives, but it will not turn the tide as long as treatment for opioid use disorder remains inaccessible.

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