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Over-the-counter naloxone needed to save lives in the United States

The United States continues to face a public health emergency of opioid overdoses, the effects of which could be dramatically reduced through increased access to the opioid antagonist naloxone. But naloxone is too often unavailable when and where it is most needed, partly due to its continued status as a prescription medication. Although states and the federal Food and Drug Administration have acted to increase access to naloxone, these changes are insufficient to address this unprecedented crisis. This commentary argues that the Food and Drug Administration should reclassify naloxone from prescription-only to over-the-counter status, a change that could save hundreds if not thousands of lives every year.