Science historian examines how an anti-overdose medication helped revolutionize America’s view of drug addiction
Campbell’s deeply researched book is driven by her desire to understand why it took so long for naloxone, and overdose prevention, to hit the mainstream. She discovered a group of varied protagonists — drug users, advocates, scientists and others — whose stories illustrate how naloxone, scientific progress and advocacy slowly shifted social attitudes. Over time, naloxone helped change society’s focus from preventing drug use to helping people reduce its negative consequences. This harm-reduction model has empowered the people most affected by opioids.