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US: Policy Failures Drive Preventable Overdose Deaths

Remove Barriers to Reversal Medication

Thursday 27 April 2017

(Miami, Florida, April 27, 2017) – The US federal and state governments are taking insufficient action to ensure access to the life-saving medication naloxone to reverse opioid overdose, resulting in thousands of preventable deaths, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.


The 48-page report, “A Second Chance: Overdose Prevention, Naloxone and Human Rights in the United States,” identifies federal and state laws and policies that are keeping naloxone out of the hands of people most likely to witness accidental overdoses, denying them the ability to save lives.

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