According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. have nearly quadrupled since 2002."
While heroin overdose deaths have grown sharply the past decade, many states have adopted harm reduction laws aimed at stemming this epidemic.
Iowa has refused to respond with harm reduction strategies already in place in 39 states. The most valuable resource in preventing death is a medication called Naloxone, also known as Narcan. Naloxone is an antidote, reversing an opiate overdose immediately. In Iowa, unless you overdose outside of an ER or in an ambulance, it is likely you will die.
Inaction is simply unacceptable; Iowans are dying at astounding rates. Thus far in 2015, Linn County has seen 44 overdose related deaths.
It is time our officials pass bill SF 410, which passed the Iowa Senate last session 44-2. This bill allows for increased access to Naloxone, giving more people the ability to save a life.
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Naloxone cannot be abused, and is benign unless used on someone who's experiencing overdose. There is no downside to passing this bill, but tremendous upside. This medication could save the life of someone you love.
Join me in calling on our officials to act. Our legislators must work to make Harm Reduction law in Iowa. I encourage the Quad-City Times editorial board to join the fight and demand passage of SF 410.