Recovery after overdoses: Stopping heroin's 'revolving door'

Posted at 10:21 AM, Nov 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-04 10:21:00-05

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Health and law enforcement officials across the country have embraced naloxone, a drug that can quickly reverse overdoses on heroin and related painkillers.

But they're increasingly wrestling with what happens after people are revived with it.

Several programs have been created in the past few years to try to usher people into treatment programs after being given the drug, often known by the brand name Narcan.

Billie Fisher says she's a heroin user in Camden, New Jersey. She says that's a big change from when she was revived a few years ago and felt like hospital workers didn't really care and she just wanted to get out and get high again.

Camden County is launching a program that will pay for detoxification and outpatient treatment for some naloxone patients.