Naloxone access doesn’t make heroin seem less risky

Even when naloxone is readily available, drug users don't think heroin is safe to use. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The medication naloxone is so effective at saving the lives of opioid overdose victims that some people worry that it might make drug users think heroin and related drugs are no longer risky.

But a new study suggests that is not the case.

Increased access to naloxone didn’t lead Americans, even drug users, to think heroin was less risky, the findings showed.