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February 07, 2018 04:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) - It's a life-saving drug proven to help reduce the number of opioid-related deaths in the country.  But, can this drug have unintended side effects?

According to a 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the opioid reversing drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan, has saved nearly 27,000 lives.

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A recent Minnesota state law has made the drug more accessible by allowing people to purchase it without a prescription at pharmacies across the state.  But, some first responders are concerned that a rescue drug like Narcan may also lead drug users to abuse it.

"If they're saved every time I think that would form some sort of confidence or invincibility for them that they can do the drug and know they're going to be saved so what are the risks then," said Steve Osborne with the Rochester Police Department.

Wednesday night at 10pm we'll also hear from a recovering addict on his concerns about Narcan in the special report: Lifeline or Life Lost.


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