It’s hard to throw a stone without hitting a news story related to opioid use, opioid overdose, prescription pain relievers, or naloxone. These topics are of interest to toxicologists because of the serious dangers opioids can present and the existence of an antidote (and antidotes aren’t all that common). These topics are also of interest to the non-medical community because of the growing public health concerns related to opioids and the availability of an opioid antidote beyond the hands of medical personnel.
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