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A new paper published by the CDC further corroborates America's intensifying opioid abuse crisis through an emerging trend in EMS provider administration of Naloxone.

​The paper, "Multiple Naloxone Administrations Among Emergency Medical Service Providers is Increasing," is newly e-published in the National Association of EMS Physicians' (NAEMSP) peer-reviewed journal, Prehospital Emergency Care.

In response to this paper of great significance to medical practitioners and lawmakers, NAEMSP President, Dr. Brent Myers said, "In the midst of an ever-worsening opioid overdose epidemic, this important study confirms that the number of cases with severe overdose is increasing. Our first responders are confronted with patients with life-threatening situations whose overdose is so extreme that they are requiring more than the standard dose of the reversal agent, naloxone. This study informs our pre-hospital providers and reinforces the need for policies to assure naloxone remains inexpensive and readily available."

The paper is available for free online

5/16/2017
  
March 20, 2018 (Falls Church, VA) 

Since 2015, the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has provided technical assistance to its members to improve state policy efforts on the use of opioid antagonists for suspected opioid overdose in out-ofhospital settings. A campaign of awareness and education as well as a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to revise the National EMS Scope of ​Practice Model to include the administration of opioid antagonists by EMS providers at the basic life support level has resulted in 100% compliance among states to authorize the
practice at all EMS licensure levels.

Click here for the full press release.

3/20/2018