JP Prescription Drug Awareness Foundation

Important Facts

Unintentional drug overdose is now considered a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Administering naloxone hydrochloride (“naloxone”) can reverse an opioid overdose and prevent unintentional deaths. Naloxone is classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a prescription drug, and as such there are laws that govern how it may be administered and by whom. The data presented here outline the characteristics of existing state naloxone administration laws that offer legal immunities for health care professionals and lay people. These laws impact the ability to provide naloxone to someone suffering from an opioid overdose



Every 12 minutes in the United States someone dies of an accidental prescription drug overdose. They don't intend to die, but more than 20,000 times a year this happens. (Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN).

In 2012, more than twice as many people in Colorado died from poisoning due to opioid analgesics (295) than from drunk-driving related fatalities (133). (Traffic Safety Facts Colorado, 2012).

Many people feel that prescription drugs are “safer to use” than street drugs since they are prescribed by a physician. Teens state that they are “easier to get than beer” because prescription medications are easily obtained from friends and family medicine cabinets. (Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 2012).

Every day, 2,000 teens abuse a prescription drug for the first time. (

Two-thirds of teens who abused pain relievers in the past year say they got them from family and friends. This includes getting them in their very own homes from their medicine cabinets. (

Opioid pain relievers, like oxycontin and vicodin, are responsible for more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. (


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