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The Board is concerned about the rise in overdose deaths over the past decade in the State of North Carolina as a result of both prescription and non-prescription drugs. The Board is encouraged by programs that are attempting to reduce the number of drug overdoses by making available or prescribing an opioid antagonist such as naloxone to someone in a position to assist a person at risk of an opiate-related overdose.
The prevention of drug overdoses is consistent with the Board’s statutory mission to protect the people of North Carolina. The Board therefore encourages its licensees to cooperate with programs in their efforts to make opioid antagonists available to persons at risk of suffering an opiate-related overdose.
* Naloxone is the antidote used in emergency medical settings to reverse respiratory depression due to opioid toxicity.