Depending on the state and city, this has allowed not only first responders such as police and firefighters to carry the drug, but also family members, friends, roommates, and even drug users.
The study found that laws that increase access to naloxone were generally linked to a 9 to 11 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths.
For example, states that passed a naloxone access law early on may have been more aware of the opioid crisis, and this awareness could have also contributed to the drop in opioid-related deaths.
The study also looked at the effect of Good Samaritan laws that make it so anyone “who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug-related overdose shall not be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance.” The typical hypothetical scenario this is meant to address is when, for example, two people are using heroin and one of them overdoses.
But the likely solution is to get opioid users into treatment.