June 25, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic does not change the need for intervention in an overdose. This JBS News Brief provides common-sense guidance for reducing coronavirus infection risk when administering naloxone and providing breathing assistance to an opioid overdose victim. The News Brief also outlines steps for following up after the overdose.
June 11, 2020
Several media reports, accounts from service providers, and evidence from some states are pointing to an increase in the rate of opioid overdose since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States. Contributing factors to this escalation include disrupted access to consistent supply, social isolation, and the reluctance of bystanders and first responders to attempt resuscitation with people who overdose due to concerns about infection transmission.