Opioid-Related Deaths Decreasing in Iowa, Report Shows
IOWA -- The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is claiming a small victory in the war against opioid addiction. The agency announced Friday that the number of Iowans dying from opioid overdoses is dropping. They say preliminary figures show a year-to-year decrease. The biggest reason for the turnaround is the availability of the drug naloxone which can reverse an overdose. Naloxone is now carried by police officers and EMTs statewide and available for free at most pharmacies.