While researchers have been working tirelessly to treat conditions such as blindness and HIV, drug use as a health issue is sitting on the back burner. To bring attention back to the opioid epidemic, pharmaceutical giant Walgreens is selling medication that reverses the effects of heroin overdoses.
Naloxone, also known as Narcan, [is a] medicine that can reverse the effects of an overdose from opioid drugs or heroin within seconds.
The treatment is selling over-the-counter at more than 8,000 branches in nearly every state. The remaining five states that don’t offer the drug are battling regulation issues. Dr. Dan Lustig of addiction treatment facility Haymarket Center has since commended Walgreens’ efforts.
“This actually signifies, I think, a significant step in the battle that we have with this epidemic.”
“First and foremost, it gives families a fighting chance to save loved ones,”
Many remain skeptical, citing Narcan as an encouraging factor to continue drug use. Though the ethical implications of the drug are problematic, it’s still better to be safe than sorry.
For any salon-goer, a parlor doesn’t scream anything beyond style and fashion. Occasionally, an outstanding citizen will go out of his way to tailor the homeless. Still, barbershops are mostly all about the weave — unless you run A New You in L.A. The one-of-a-kind boutique treats its African American customers for high blood pressure, among other trendy services.
“There’s open communication in a barbershop. There’s a relationship, a trust,” said Eric Muhammad, owner of A New You Barbershop, one of the barbers who participated. “We have a lot more influence than just the doctor walking in the door.”
Biologically, black men see higher blood pressure rates, reading spikes up to 130. Prone to strokes and heart attacks, they are often in need of more significant medical attention than others. In cooperation with churches and community groups, A New You is bringing pharmacists into the hair world.
“This is a home run … high-touch medicine,” said one independent expert, Eileen Handberg, a heart researcher at the University of Florida in Gainesville. “Most drug trials only dream about such good results, yet they were achieved in a regular community setting,” she said.
Props, Mr. Muhammad! Never hurts to be cautious around razors.