EMS naloxone use jumps 75% in 4 years, CDC says

A new CDC report shows that emergency medical services' (EMS) use of naloxone has increased sharply in recent years.

A new CDC report shows that emergency medical services' (EMS) use of naloxone has increased sharply in recent years. Using data from the National Emergency Medical Services Information system, the researchers found the rate of EMS naloxone administration rose to 1,004.4 administrations per 100,000 EMS events in 2016 from 573.6 per 100,000 in 2012--a 75% increase. There was also a 79.7% increase in opioid overdose mortality seen from 2012 to 2016, the report found.