Naloxone: Back From the Dead

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In the early 2000s, the Chicago Recovery Alliance, a group that works on the street with intravenous drug users, distributed Naloxone – a drug that’s been used for years by paramedics and in hospital emergency rooms to to reverse heroin overdoses and save lives. The Alliance trained users on injecting Naloxone whenever an overdose occurred – in a living room, in a car, in a park. In this story, Long Haul’s Dan Collison spent an evening in the van talking with health workers and heroin users about their experience with the drug.