Argumentative Essay On Overdose

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According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human services the total number of drug overdose related deaths increased by 18 percent in 2016. Most of the drug overdoses were from opioids ("Michigan overdose deaths grew in 2016," 2017). Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin, licit prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, norco, and morphine, as well as other synthetic forms such as fentanyl. When taken how they are prescribed and for a short period of time opioid pain relievers are typically safe to use. However because they cause one to feel good on top of relieving pain they are often taken differently than prescribed or in larger quantities than recommended. Misuse can lead to dependence and more seriously an overdose and/or death.…show more content…
First responders such as police officers and fire fighters are now carrying Narcan and administering it to potential overdose victims. Narcan being administered by a first responder is a controversial topic that I find myself having discussion with my peers about often. Some feel that first responders having Narcan is just enabling the abuser to continue to use while others feel it is saving a life and potentially pushing the abuser to get help. The issue with first responders not having Narcan to administer is the victim may die from the overdose before having the opportunity to get help. The administration of Narcan by first responders not only saves lives but it also gives an opportunity for
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