A single-dose antidote may help prevent fentanyl overdoses

…researchers developed a new naloxone-based antidote to outlast synthetic opioids by creating nanoparticles in which naloxone molecules are tangled up with a biodegradable polymer called polylactic acid. Water and enzymes in the body slowly break down these nanosized tangles, gradually releasing naloxone.

Naloxone: The life-saving drug more Americans need

With over 115 Americans dying a day in the opioid epidemic, naloxone has become a necessity for first responders, doctors and everyday people. In April, in response to the national opioid crisis, the U.S. surgeon general came out with an advisory calling on more Americans to carry naloxone: elderly patients on painkillers, bartenders and librarians, mothers with addicted children and children with addicted mothers. But making naloxone accessible – getting it to those who need it – is complicated.

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Overdoses linked to fentanyl may need multiple doses of antidote naloxone

New and more potent fentanyl may need multiple doses of the overdose antidote naloxone as deaths due to illicit versions of the opioid continue to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency issued a new public health alert to local health departments and related law enforcement on rising numbers of deaths related to fentanyl and similar products.

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