Italy’s Take-Home Message for the US

The US isn’t alone in battling opioid overdoses—but Americans are much more likely to die than people in other hard-hit countries.

Opioid overdoses kill nearly 70,000 Americans each year—27 times the number of people per 100,000 who die in Italy, another country that has suffered heavily.
A big reason why? Italy’s approach to Naloxone.

With its “Take Home Naloxone” program, Italy dramatically reduced opiate overdoses deaths. The program increased Naloxone’s availability and distribution—making its cheaper (injectable) form available over the counter and giving it to those most likely to be near someone in need.


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