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Foster Applauds Increased Resources For Naloxone in White House Budget

Feb 3, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressmen Bill Foster (IL-11) is applauding the budget proposal from President Obama that would increase resources for naloxone. The President’s budget proposal includes a $12 million grant to increase access to naloxone for communities in need.  Naloxone is a prescription drug used to reverse heroin and other opioid overdoses. Naloxone must be administered quickly, and it is often too late by the time an overdose victim is treated. Community programs that provide brief training and equip potential bystanders and emergency responders with naloxone have demonstrated large reductions in opioid related fatalities.

“The rapid increase in heroin abuse in Illinois and throughout the country is a devastating trend. We must do all we can to reverse it,” said Foster. “I have heard too many stories from families from all walks of life who have lost a loved one to heroin abuse. I am glad that the President is listening to our calls for action and hope that Members of Congress will also listen as they craft their budget.”

Just last week, Naperville police officers used naloxone (also known as Narcan) to save the life of a 17-year-old who had been found unconscious.

“Naloxone is a critical tool for families with loved ones struggling with opioid addiction. Increasing access to naloxone will save lives,” Foster added.

Foster has urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recognize naloxone as a safe and effective over-the-counter medication to reverse an opioid overdose. In 2014, Foster testified before the House Committee on the Budget, requesting additional resources to combat heroin abuse. Foster’s efforts follow multiple community forums in Illinois’ 11th District focused on the fight against heroin abuse.