(The Washington Post, July 7) Naloxone on the shelf of a nurse’s office or in the cupboard of a health center is not the optimal place to store the drug simply because the window to respond to and reverse an overdose is so short — literally minutes. It is imperative that naloxone be placed directly with the people who are most at risk of an overdose or are most likely to witness an overdose: the roommates, family members, friends and even relative strangers.
This is how layperson access to naloxone has been successful at saving lives over the past two decades.
It is also essential to have broad distribution throughout a community. Read more.