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Video: An Inside Look at Naloxone’s Impact on Massachusetts

Check out how the overdose-reversing drug has transformed prospects for the state's opioid users.

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Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, is an opioid antagonist used in spray form to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. This Vice video shows how Massachusetts exemplifies its effectiveness. Yet many states are still dragging their heels when it comes to making naloxone universally available, perhaps due to what one police officer describes as a perception that is has a mere “band aid effect,” a short-term fix that does nothing to get people to quit using drugs. The fact that naloxone keeps people alive, whereas the absence of naloxone leaves them to die, is apparently not obvious to everyone.

The video consults police officers, drug users and outreach workers to get the full story of how this drug is saving lives in New England. As one distribution worker says: “In Massachusetts, we are more than a little bit lucky that we have this.”