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There are 5 comments on Everything You Need to Know about Narcan

  1. Given that fentanyl is the leading cause of death for people aged 18-49 as noted above it would seem appropriate to know its origins? China and Mexico. The raw materials are created in China and mostly processed into useable form in Mexico. See here: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/watch-u-s-announces-sweeping-action-against-chinese-fentanyl-supply-chain-producers

    Also, for students or others thinking of using fentanyl, once a person gets addicted the withdrawls start in 6-12 hours. People can die during unaided fentanyl withdrawl.

    People – be smart and stay alive. Have your fun in other ways like sports, dancing, even moderate alcohol or marijuana use; stay away from the opoids.

  2. I found this to be an incredibly informative and comprehensive explanation of the importance of distributing narcan. I agree that it is an incredibly important drug that should be widely available along with the proper necessary education. After reading that fentanyl related deaths are the leading cause of mortality in Americans aged 18-49, I was rather shocked it took this long for narcan to just be approved as an over the counter medicine. To me this preventative medicine only provides benefits to society in order to combat this epidemic that is encroaching into nearly every major city in the United States. In my mind it is also akin to that of contraception or abortions, whether a person agrees or disagrees with the morality behind the issue, the option for someone to be safe should always be allowed and available as every situation is individual–with differing context and exposition.

    1. Hi Jack, author here! Thanks so much for your kind words.

      In regards to your comment, the delay in Narcan’s OTC designation can be chalked up to the usual culprit: a pharmaceutical company wanting to squeeze as many profits as possible out of its IP. This Washington Post piece has a great explanation here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2023/09/18/narcan-over-the-counter-delays-emergent-biosolutions/

      And, if you’re interested in learning more about the history of naloxone and the opioid crisis, the Post has a fantastic series that goes way more in depth than I got to in this piece. Atavist also ran a truly spectacular (and heartbreaking) feature on naloxone a few years ago that’s worth a read: https://magazine.atavist.com/revive-naloxone-narcan-harm-reduction-opioid-crisis-miami-florida/

      Feel free to email me if you want to chat further, or want more recs! This is a topic that always gets me fired up; I could talk forever. abour@bu.edu

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