The US federal and state governments are taking insufficient action to ensure access to the life-saving medication naloxone to reverse opioid overdose, resulting in thousands of preventable deaths.

Federal and state laws and policies are keeping naloxone out of the hands of people most likely to witness accidental overdoses, denying them the ability to save lives. The Trump administration has vowed to end the opioid epidemic, but has yet to address the issue of access to naloxone.