• By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic Minute: The Opioid Overdose Epidemic

June 2, 2016

a collection of prescription pill bottles

A growing number of law and health care agencies are working to make naloxone (Narcan), available without a prescription. The drug is used to treat an opioid emergency, such as an overdose or a possible overdose of a prescription painkiller or, more commonly, heroin. Mayo Clinic addiction specialist Dr. Jon Ebbert says the new nasal form of naloxone makes it easier to administer than the injectable version. Vivien Williams has more in this Mayo Clinic Minute. (Originally aired April 28, 2016.)

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

Journalists: Broadcast quality video (1:05) is in the downloads.

Related reports:

New Efforts to Stop America's Opioid Abuse Problem (April 1, 2016)

Mayo Clinic Minute: Heroin Overdose Drug (December 31, 2015)

The Overdose Epidemic: Heroin and Prescription Drugs (December 22, 2015)

Pain. Pill. Problem. Use and Overuse of Prescription Painkillers in Minnesota (August 25, 2015)

One in 4 People Prescribed Opioids Progressed to Longer-Term Prescriptions (July 1, 2015)

Expert Alert: Increase in Opioid Prescriptions Parallels Spike in Heroin Use, Overdoses (Feb. 12, 2014)

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