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FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote
Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 3:20 PM EDT | Lauren Neergaard and Mary Clare Jalonick

Posted on 04/03/2014 1:12:47 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose antidote named naloxone before an ambulance arrives. Doctors could prescribe it for family members or caregivers to keep on hand, in a pocket or a medicine cabinet.

Opioids include legal prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as illegal street drugs like heroin. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: antidote; drugoverdose; fda; heroin; overdose

1 posted on 04/03/2014 1:12:47 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Taxes were spent on this I’m sure. Smh.


2 posted on 04/03/2014 1:15:03 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Olog-hai

Philip Seymor Hoffman, call your office.


3 posted on 04/03/2014 1:18:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m the odd man out here. Let’em die. Leave the world a better place.


4 posted on 04/03/2014 1:20:27 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Olog-hai

Cool so drug addicts who rob and murder to pay for their fix, will live another day to rob and murder some more.
All hail zer0 and Holders PEEPS!


5 posted on 04/03/2014 1:24:45 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Olog-hai

The FDA has waaay too much control, when the libs were bitching about how expensive birth control pills were during the Sandra Fluke debacle, they never even considered what would happen tot he price if the FDA allowed Birth control pills to become over the counter when their side effects are LESS that other over the counter drugs like Acetaminophen.

Of course the big gov libs would never consider common sense as a solution to something like so called “expensive drugs” it is not like the chemicals that make birth control pills are super complex and hard to make.

I think the drugs the FDA has a strangle hold over that they are NOT allowing to become OTC (even if the side effects are less that some major OTC pain relievers ) is because they get kickbacks from cronies and politicians who are in both groups. If certain drugs were made OTC the wind would be taken out of the sails of the “Manufactured Crisis” that Politicians love to use to further cement their power.


6 posted on 04/03/2014 1:27:36 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Vaquero

Cool so drug addicts who rob and murder to pay for their fix, will live another day to rob and murder some more.

In a REAL “War on Drugs” drug shipments would be intercepted, poisoned and then sent on their way and more PSAs would say that drugs are poison because they are intentionally poisoned!

Instead we get no knock raids and the law abiding citizens get their rights taken away...


7 posted on 04/03/2014 1:30:35 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Olog-hai

If someone is at the level of overdosing on heroine, wouldn’t it be a wasted effort to try to save them?


8 posted on 04/03/2014 1:30:58 PM PDT by BradtotheBone (Record number of people on welfare. That's the State of the Union under Obama.)
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To: GraceG
Instead we get no knock raids and the law abiding citizens get their rights taken away...

and if you are the unfortunate one who gets a mistaken no knock raid and retrieve a weapon for protection, you will be killed by these ‘ninjas’ with no compensation for your survivors...

9 posted on 04/03/2014 2:15:57 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: BradtotheBone

All the comments on this thread so far are vile and disgusting. What a perfect world you all must live in. Disgraceful!


10 posted on 04/03/2014 2:17:52 PM PDT by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: subterfuge
“All the comments on this thread so far are vile and disgusting. What a perfect world you all must live in. Disgraceful!”

Chronic back pain, Cancer and a whole host of other reasons none addicts might need to use prescription Opioid. Not a bad thing to have around in a worst case scenario.

11 posted on 04/03/2014 2:49:52 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: BradtotheBone
If someone is at the level of overdosing on heroine, wouldn’t it be a wasted effort to try to save them?

Quite likely so.

12 posted on 04/03/2014 2:50:07 PM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Olog-hai
Charles Darwin....as well as myself....would say “let them die”.
13 posted on 04/03/2014 3:20:45 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: subterfuge
All the comments on this thread so far are vile and disgusting. What a perfect world you all must live in. Disgraceful!

I've seen life from a perspective that few middle (or upper) class Americans enjoy.I worked in the ER of a large hospital (one located in a major city) for 20+ years.This was an unusual hospital.Located in an inner city section of a large city,many of our "clients" were "poor" and minority.But as a world famous hospital we also saw the rich and famous both from the local area and from around the globe.So I literally encountered everyone from Saudi royalty to the dregs of American society.

As for the hundreds and hudreds of junkies I dealt with...many of whom had no pulse when they hit our door...I can assure you that Darwin had a good point when he proclaimed "only the strong survive".

I could go on...but won't.But know this:this nation is *far* better off without junkies than with them.Even if that means death for junkies.

14 posted on 04/03/2014 3:49:31 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: subterfuge

All the comments on this thread so far are vile and disgusting. What a perfect world you all must live in. Disgraceful!

I didn’t post a comment, hotshot. I asked a question.


15 posted on 04/03/2014 4:47:51 PM PDT by BradtotheBone (Record number of people on welfare. That's the State of the Union under Obama.)
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To: BradtotheBone

Actually, it’s the WOD that causes overdoses in the first place. (In countries where heroin addicts can get a supply from a clinic, OD’s are almost zero.)

What happens is that the drug pusher cuts his heroin by a certain percent and the addict becomes accustomed to that dose. In one example, the pusher gets wind of a raid and wants to get rid of his stash fast and sells everything uncut for a night or two without telling the addict.

So the addict shoots up their normal dose and it’s several times more potent than what they can handle. OD’s tend to hit the ERs in waves and this is why.

With the gov’t heroin programs, the addict gets what they need to feed their addiction without theft or risk. It saves the hospitals a ton of money by not having to deal with OD’. The addict doesn’t share his stash because he’s only getting exactly what he needs. The pushers are left without business because the addict doesn’t need him and has a less risky alternative. Theft and other property crime drops. With the lack of pushers and the addicts’ not sharing what they’re given, fewer addicts are created.

In countries like Saudi Arabia, where the punishment for doing drugs is death, they still have plenty of addicts. We’re not going to stop the drug problem with harsh penalties.


16 posted on 04/04/2014 6:51:26 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Gay State Conservative

So have zero sympathy for any and all abusers. Got it. Good thing Rush got cleaned up or you’d have wished him dead, sadly.


17 posted on 04/04/2014 8:35:08 AM PDT by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: BradtotheBone
I saw your question where you backhandedly suggest people should be abandoned and left for dead. Don't walk it back now. You said it, stand by your macabre “question.”
18 posted on 04/04/2014 8:41:23 AM PDT by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: subterfuge

I stand by my question. If some dirtbag herioin addict is overdosing, are they really worth saving?


19 posted on 04/04/2014 10:43:02 AM PDT by BradtotheBone (Record number of people on welfare. That's the State of the Union under Obama.)
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To: BradtotheBone

Hubris such as you display usually ends up smacking one right in the face.

Good luck.


20 posted on 04/07/2014 12:13:41 PM PDT by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: subterfuge

Whatever.


21 posted on 04/08/2014 8:38:10 AM PDT by BradtotheBone (Record number of people on welfare. That's the State of the Union under Obama.)
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To: BradtotheBone

In what world do you live where you know heroine is a nasty, nasty drug but you stick that needle in your arm anyway and expect everyone’s positive support?

People have the right to make stupid decisions that may kill them, but we also have the right to make fun of those that do and show them no mercy.

Heroine is not a disease like Down Syndrome where the victim has no choice. Users are not “victims”, they chose the problem.

If all there is as consequences is acceptance and sympathy for those that choose drugs, where is the consequence, the negative feedback? Acceptance of people making such stupid decisions is enabling their decision and I won’t do that.


22 posted on 04/08/2014 8:44:09 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: CodeToad
Heroin is the road to prosperity.

1) Use heroin.

2) ???

3) Profit!

23 posted on 04/08/2014 8:46:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Rats. Ya got me. I was trying to hog all the profits for myself. OK, I’ll share.


24 posted on 04/08/2014 8:47:15 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: CodeToad

In what world do you live where you know heroine is a nasty, nasty drug but you stick that needle in your arm anyway and expect everyone’s positive support?

If you would have read my question, I don’t support the right of anyone shooting that crap into their body.

On the subject, I ask just a simple question:

If some dirtbag herioin addict is overdosing, are they really worth saving?


25 posted on 04/08/2014 8:57:21 AM PDT by BradtotheBone (Record number of people on welfare. That's the State of the Union under Obama.)
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To: CodeToad

Ah, nevermind.


26 posted on 04/08/2014 9:00:08 AM PDT by BradtotheBone (Record number of people on welfare. That's the State of the Union under Obama.)
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To: BradtotheBone

“If some dirtbag herioin addict is overdosing, are they really worth saving?”

Dirtbag or not, no, they made the choice to ingest something that can kill them for pleasure. Tough noogies.


27 posted on 04/08/2014 9:08:27 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: CodeToad; subterfuge

Dirtbag or not, no, they made the choice to ingest something that can kill them for pleasure. Tough noogies.

Agreed!


28 posted on 04/08/2014 9:27:16 AM PDT by BradtotheBone (Record number of people on welfare. That's the State of the Union under Obama.)
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