Some critics believe that the availability of a drug overdose antidote will increase drug use. But this suggests that the disease of addiction is dictated by consequence rather than chemistry. Others say naloxone is a short-term solution to a multidimensional problem — and they’re right. That’s why in addition to using naloxone, we’re dramatically increasing the number of people who can provide a separate medication to reduce opioid cravings. And that’s why we’re working so hard to close the treatment gaps preventing many from beating the grip of addiction. Naloxone helps keep people alive so that our other strategies to treat addiction can help them get healthy.
De Blasio and McCray: We can save the lives of opioid addicts right now