• By Deborah Balzer

Mayo Clinic Minute: Heroin Overdose Drug

December 31, 2015

drug addiction, syringe with heroin and opioid tablets

One of the most devastating news stories of 2015 has been the growing heroin epidemic in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says heroin use has more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25, and the rate of overdose deaths from opioids has gone up 200 percent. Mayo Clinic addiction specialist Dr. Jon Ebbert says supporting treatment and prevention efforts are important, as is making the prescription drug naloxone available to help reverse heroin overdoses. Vivien Williams has more.

Watch the Mayo Clinic Minute

Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available in the downloads. [TRT 1:04 ] Here's the script.

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