Federal Agencies Turn to Naloxone to Curb Tribal Overdose Deaths
Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs partner to take on prescription drug overdose deaths.
IHS will provide naloxone to BIA officers starting next year. The fast-acting drug counteracts respiratory shutdown brought on by overdosing on heroin or prescription painkillers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, prescription drug overdose deaths among Native Americans increased fourfold in the last 15 years. White House drug official Michael Botticelli says giving BIA officers naloxone is not their only response. They’re also working to curb overprescribing and increase access to addiction treatment.