- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s top federal prosecutor says the widespread availability of a popular heroin antidote is creating a false sense of security.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is carried by some paramedics and first responders and is being hailed as a lifesaver in a spate of recent drug overdoses. U.S. Attorney Chris Myers of North Dakota says that characterization sends the wrong message.

Myers tells KFGO radio that he disagrees with people who are advocating for the widespread distribution of Narcan because he believes it promotes the use of drugs. And he says the antidote doesn’t always work.

The prosecutor says the heroin epidemic is a community issue that requires a fundamental change in attitudes toward illegal drugs.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com


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