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Chicago-area hospitals sending opioid overdose patients home with antidote

Chicago-area hospitals sending opioid overdose patients home with antidote

Patients treated for opioid overdoses at two Oak Lawn hospitals are now leaving those facilities with medication that might save them the next time they overdose.

Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Children’s Hospital recently started sending home naloxone with patients who come to their emergency rooms with opioid overdoses or opioid addictions, and a number of other local hospitals are considering similar measures. Naloxone is used to block the effects of opioids during overdoses.

It’s the latest move by Chicago-area hospitals to fight a wave of deaths from opioids, which include heroin as well as some types of prescription painkillers. In Illinois, 2,110 people...

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