Costs not accounted for

Providing naloxone for drug overdoses could reduce service levels for non-users of illegal drugs

The editorial Drug Can Help Stem the Tide of Overdose Deaths (Feb. 12) lacks “the rest of the story” . . . aspects that are not inconsequential, such as the expense per naloxone application/treatment, with at least a ballpark estimate as to the additional burden on affected budgets of providing it to all emergency responders as per the editorial, and how that protocol could reduce service levels to the non-users of illegal drugs (and their families) who pay the taxes.

Ken Lane