Adnan, 35, has been using heroin on and off since becoming homeless at the age of 15. He comes into the pharmacy to ask about naloxone. Adnan explains that many years ago he found a woman on the floor of a bathroom, unresponsive, with blue lips and barely breathing. He panicked and tried to shake her awake, but she died in front of him. Adnan has always tried to be cautious with his own opioid use but has had to call the ambulance several times for others.
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Collectively, opioids are the group of drugs most often implicated in unintentional drug-related deaths.1 In this article, ‘opioids’ is used as the umbrella term to cover pharmaceutical opioids and illicit substance
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