Apr 25, 2023
Coming soon to a store shelf near you: lifesaving opioid reversal drug Naloxone approved for OTC
Chances are you or someone close to you has been directly impacted by the opioid epidemic, which continues to afflict Kentucky. In 2021, overdose deaths in Kentucky reached an all-time high of 2,250, with 90% involving an opioid. Because bystanders are present in more than a third of opioid overdoses, hundreds of these deaths could have been prevented with naloxone, a lifesaving medication that is accessible, safe and easy to administer. Trish Freeman, a professor in the UK College of Pharmacy, talks with Greg about this potentially game-changing development in the fight against opioid addiction and overdose deaths.