Letter: Overdose-reversing drugs save lives

Re: James David Dickson’s April 5 report “17th person saved from opioid overdose in Novi”: This highlighted not only the quick actions of the fire and police but also the importance of naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdose has increased nearly 140 percent. The country is in the midst of an opioid epidemic.

This story is evidence that access to naloxone can save lives, something the state of Michigan recognized when it passed a law permitting police officers to carry the drug — a key step in preventing needless deaths.

Additionally, physicians must consider co-prescribing naloxone to patients at risk of overdose. If high-risk patients have access to the life-saving medication, Michigan and other states will have fewer lives lost due to overdose — plain and simple. We applaud Michigan’s first responders for their efforts.

Patrice Harris

Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse

American Medical Association