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The Lazarus Drug

The Lazarus Drug

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More than 70,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017 — many of them from heroin and other opioids. One of the most widely-used tools to confront this crisis is a drug called naloxone. It can reverse an opioid overdose within seconds, and has been hailed by first responders and public health researchers. But in 2018, two economists released a study that suggested naloxone might be leading some users to engage in riskier behavior — and causing more deaths than it saves. This week, we talk with researchers, drug users, and families about the mental calculus of opioid use, and why there's still so much we're struggling to understand about addiction. This episode originally aired in October 2018.
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bestdulce13

Just how many "Chances" should one person get? e.g. these 2 ppl have had 12 & 9 revivals each d/t Narcan. They didnt pay for Narcan that comes free from State/federal grants to Cities. So they each had "more than their fair share" of Narcan because the money was their to fund it. Is this money well spent? cld that money be used to help working nin addicted families with food/childcare, or build housing for homless ppl, or provide free education to get ppl trained as mental health providers that cld then in turn provide low cost mental health services to addicts? Im not sure how many chances average people get to KNOWINGLY drive peddle to the metal into a KNOWN deadly stone wall/over a cliff, but I doubt its 9or 12 times.

Feb 10th
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Zion Sky

There isn't so much we are struggling to understand about it.... It's really clear why it happens and that's because it's good to become blind and intoxicated away from this hellish place people call a society.

Jun 24th
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