VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response

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“Now the Veterans Administration, building on a project started in Boston, is moving to add naloxone kits to the AED cabinets in its buildings across the country, an initiative that could become a model for other healthcare organizations.”

“Vets have nearly twice the risk of overdose, compared with civilians, says Amy Bohnert, an investigator with the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, citing 2005 death data. She says it isn’t clear why veterans are more likely to OD, but many do have complex medical conditions.”

This would be a major step in intervention of an acute overdose in a high-risk community. This would save EMS to patient time and increase the positive outcomes in veterans who overdose.