Mass. Says 2,000 Overdoses Stopped by Nalaxone


BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials say a milestone has been reached in a program that makes available a drug to stop overdoses from heroin and other opioids.

Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz said Monday that 2,000 overdoses have now been reversed in Massachusetts since the state Nalaxone distribution program began in 2007.

Nalaxone, also known as Narcan, is a nasal spray that blocks the effects of heroin and other powerful painkillers.

Under the state program, Nalaxone kits are distributed free to opioid users and to family members and friends. The kits are available in Boston and 14 other Massachusetts communities with high overdose rates.

The state program also provides referrals for long-term addiction treatment.