93% of Opioid Overdose Reversed Using Naloxone, but Survival after One Year Doubtful

Published Date : Oct 31, 2017

Naloxone has gained a whole lot of attention recently due to its quality of reversing opioid overdose. First responders and public health officials have been taking to naloxone to aid battle the rising epidemic of opioid overdose. Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s new research on the drug has demonstrated its effectiveness. The emergency medical services (EMS) data collected from Massachusetts had been considered for the review of people who were given naloxone.

After looking at the data of an over 12,000 dosages administered between mid-2013 and 2015 end, a 93.5% of them were found to have survived their overdose. An 84.3% of the people administered the reversal drug were found to be still alive a year after their overdose.

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As per lead author, Dr. Scott Weiner, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been able to save many people’s lives with the help of naloxone. The lesson that has been learned by the hospital is that the opioid overdose reversal drug is working and not failing. However, it could also mean that a patient may not survive a year 1 in 10 times once saved from an overdose with the help of EMS. It is important to engage patients in treatment as soon as possible. Opioid overdose has been the reason for an approximate 35.0% of those who died a year later.

The findings had been presented Monday in Washington at the annual conference of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Weiner has hoped that the data could help to persuade patients to take the necessary further steps as clinicians figure them out.