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Families need naloxone for drug overdoses


Thank you for reporting on the live-saving tools to address the overdose crisis (“Fight to curb Jefferson County overdoses shifts to EMS personnel”).

My son died a year ago from a drug overdose in Westchester County. Casey’s death is just one example of this tragic problem that plagues communities throughout New York. Overdose is the No. 1 cause of accidental death in our state, yet rarely do media outlets educate the public about some of the existing solutions to save lives.

Both the 911 Good Samaritan law and naloxone can prevent these tragic deaths. But we must do more. In every story about overdose, the media can mention the 911 Good Samaritan law, which offers the victim and those calling 911 during an overdose emergency protection from arrest or prosecution.

All friends and family of those at risk for overdose should have naloxone, which reverses opioid overdose, not just police and medical personnel. We can turn back the tide of this crisis, but we need the media’s help to save lives.

Jack Mack


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