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Anti-overdose drug gets boost

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SANTA FE – New Mexico pharmacists are being trained to prescribe a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose if administered quickly.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the New Mexico Pharmacists Association and a University of New Mexico program on Tuesday completed state-approved training for the first 60 pharmacists on the use of naloxone.

The drug is sold under the brand name Narcan. It is administered by attaching a nasal-tip inhaler to a small vial, which is used to spray a mist into the nose membrane. The drug flows directly to the brain, blocking opioids and restoring breathing.

Emergency rooms and some responders carry the drug, but the Pharmacists Association says increased availability is enhances public health because of the state’s high rate of deaths from drug overdoses.

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