Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones discusses why a narcotic overdose may impact women differently than men.">

Mar 13, 2018 — Narcotic abuse is an epidemic in the United States. Both men and women are at risk of overdose from these addictive drugs, yet women are more likely to die from one. On today’s Health Minute, Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones discusses why a narcotic overdose may impact women differently than men.

Interview

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Interviewer: Narcotics overdoses are a problem that face both men and women in the United States. However, even though a woman is less likely to overdose than a man, a higher percentage of women are likely to die from that overdose. Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones, what contributes to that difference?

Dr. Jones: Women are less likely, when they overdose, to get Narcan. Maybe they don't have it in their home. Narcan is a way to reverse an overdose, and everyone should have some if they know that they're struggling with narcotics.

Women, if you're struggling and you aren't in a helpful program to help you get over your addiction, you should tell someone, "Get Narcan," and it should be in your home. People need to know that you're struggling and know where the Narcan is, and if they find you, they can save your life.

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