Adapt Pharma: Fighting Utah's opioid epidemic

Adapt Pharma: Fighting Utah's opioid epidemic. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — Thom Duddy of Adapt Pharma visited 2News to discuss the national opioid epidemic's affect on Utah.

"As you’re likely aware, the national opioid epidemic has been elevated to a public health emergency," a news release states. "While a drug is available that can reverse the effects of an overdose (Naloxone), there remains a significant discrepancy between opioid and Naloxone prescriptions written."

In Utah only one Naloxone prescription was given for every 484 opioid prescriptions in December 2017, according to a news release.

"To close this gap and save lives, Utah’s Department of Health recently issued new co-prescribing guidelines, and is working with Adapt Pharma to increase access to the life-saving drug NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray 4mg," a news release says.

Duddy discusses these state initiatives in greater detail, demonstrates how to administer Narcan, and provides a national perspective on the federal plan to address the opioid crisis.