The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a revised version of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to educate first responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose.
Opioid use disorder has become a major health problem that accounts for a growing number of overdoses each year. In 2014, opioid overdose deaths reached alarming levels: More than 28,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdose, mainly opioid pain relievers and heroin.
The revised content now includes information on the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.