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Local Doctor Reacts to Surgeon General's Opioid Statement

April 06, 2018 - 7:47 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A local ER doc agrees with the Surgeon General's call for more Americans to start carrying an overdose antidote to help fight the nation's opioid crisis. 

“It’s a good use of his bully pulpit in terms of protecting the population," says SLU Care's Dr. Ross Heller, an emergency medicine specialist at SSM Health SLU Hospital. 

He says the Surgeon General's call for more Americans to carry Naloxone or Narcan with them is a smart move:

“It would be hiding our head in the sand to think that there’s not a problem. There are more people that are dying of opioid overdose than from car accidents in this country."

Dr. Heller says this is really no different than having what he calls lifesaving AED machines in airports, in malls and in offices in case someone has a heart attack.