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U.S. Surgeon General visits Arkansas to encourage everyone to carry Narcan


The Surgeon General is recommending more individuals, including family, friends and those who are personally at risk for an opioid overdose, also keep Narcan on hand.


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Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) - United States Surgeon General Honorable Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, was the featured presenter for Public Health Grand Rounds held on Thursday at the Arkansas Department of Health.

In his talk, entitled “Better Health through Better Partnerships,” Dr. Adams discussed the importance of partnerships in public health. He also talked about his recent public health advisory that urges more Americans to carry naloxone, a lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

The medication, naloxone, is already carried by many first responders, such as EMTs and police officers. The Surgeon General is now recommending that more individuals, including family, friends and those who are personally at risk for an opioid overdose, also keep the drug on hand.

“We were honored to host Dr. Adams today and to hear from him about opioid abuse, an issue that affects numerous Arkansans and their families,” said Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH, State Health Officer and Director of the Arkansas Department of Health. “This issue, like many public health issues, must be addressed through multiple partnerships on the local, state and national levels.” Read more.

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