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Rethinking overdose intervention

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In 2011, fatal drug overdoses in the UK (3,338) exceeded the number of road accident deaths (1,960). These deaths are preventable. Jamie joins us to talk about how rethinking both product design and service design have the potential to save lives in the administration of overdose medication. Naloxone was developed in the 1960s to counter the effects of heroin overdose. It’s a staple part of ambulance crew kits, but those who need it face barriers to the drug at the point at which it could save their lives.

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The one medication that will save 25,000 lives each year

In Baltimore City, where Dr. Leana Wen serves as Health Commissioner, more people died from overdose last year than died from homicide. Dr. Wen has declared opioid abuse a public health emergency, and has led the charge to expand the use of naloxone, also called Narcan, that completely reverses the effect of an overdose. Dr. Wen speaks about this medication’s potential to combat America’s overdose epidemic. Her message is simple: nobody should die from an entirely treatable ailment; we should all be able to save a life.

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LIVE! Using Injectable Naloxone to Reverse Opiate Overdose

This documentary-stye training film, made in association with Chicago Recovery Alliance, provides instruction on how to recognise opioid overdose and respond effectively using a combination of rescue breathing and injectable naloxone, a pure opiate antagonist. An actual overdose, caught on film in November 2008, provides the narrative framework in which the opiate overdose rescue process is illuminated.

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