Overdose Drug’s Price Skyrockets, July 2016

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“Los Angeles — Aimee Dunkle began helping to distribute the drug naloxone — the life-saving antidote to prescription painkiller overdoses — after her son died. Ben Dunkle, 20, was with three people when he overdosed in 2012, she said. She believes he would be alive today if they had naloxone.“They panicked,” Dunkle said, “and dumped him in a parking lot.” Naloxone works by blocking the effect that painkillers and heroin have in the brain and reversing the slowed breathing and unconsciousness that come with an overdose.

The Solace Foundation in Orange County, the group that Dunkle co-founded, says the drug has been used since February to reverse 128 overdoses that otherwise probably would have been fatal.”

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