Why are NY lawmakers stopping first responders from fighting fentanyl?

Source: New York Post
by staff

“Good news: Fentanyl overdose ‘revival’ drugs are saving lives across the country. Bad news: Opioid-related OD deaths are soaring in New York (from 18 in 1999 to 4,950 in 2022) and it often takes four or five doses of Narcan to revive fentanyl victims — yet the state refuses to get behind better, fentanyl-specific drugs. Why? Policy is dominated not by true public-health specialists, but by harm-reduction ideologues who worry that the other ‘rescue’ drugs have unpleasant side effects for heroin addicts. Seriously? Some 27 other states are using FDA-approved OD ‘reversal’ drugs more effective than Naloxone in combating synthetic opioids, such as Opvee. Narcan was originally developed to reverse heroin overdoses; relying on it made sense back in 2017, when 80% of ODs were heroin-related. But fentanyl and other synthetic opioids — now mixed into all manner of recreational drugs favored by casual users — have become the major killer.” (03/24/24)