Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Equip Health Care Providers and First Responders To Recognize and Manage Overdoses
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Overdoses, particularly from opiates, are a growing national crisis, and health care providers need to be able to recognize and intervene in overdose emergencies.

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The goal of such interventions must be not only to avert the immediate crisis, but also to link the patient to addiction treatment. The Administration will seek to expand the number of physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement professionals, and firefighters who are trained in how to recognize an overdose and who further know how to administer life-saving techniques and overdose reversal medications such as naloxone. This initiative will be pursued through continuing education programs and through work with State licensing and accreditation bodies.

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