U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says Americans should carry the opioid antidote naloxone in an effort to save more lives.
Adams says one person overdoes every 12.5 minutes in the country and he hopes those who are at risk, plus their friends and family members, will keep the antidote on hand and learn how to use it.
"77 percent of opioid overdose deaths occur outside of a medical setting and more than half occur at home."
ABC News reports that naloxone, marketed under the brand name Narcan, can "quickly bringing overdose victims back from near-death."