Beyond Narcan: Why Heroin Addicts Need More Than an Overdose Antidote

The opiate-blocker naloxone is one of the year’s most celebrated drugs, breaking into the mainstream as a magic-bullet antidote that yanks overdose victims from the brink of death with a shot of nasal spray or an intravenous injection. Police take it on patrols. Emergency medical technicians keep it in their ambulances.

But the lifesaving medication is not a cure.

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