Kevin Sabet, of the Foundation for Drug Policy Solutions, said the fact that the nation’s overdose deaths have climbed even as naloxone is more widely available is one reason to consider a more comprehensive approach to the nation’s drug epidemic.
“Some people think we should just have test strips and Narcan,” Sabet said. “It’s a fool’s errand because there are countless other drugs as lethal as fentanyl or as dangerous as xylazine.”
He said the key will be to reduce the nation’s demand from drugs – and that starts with halting use among teens and young adults. It also means making sure those who are addicted have adequate treatment options.
“We need to double down on universal prevention,” Sabet said.
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