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Addicts’ families should ask treatment facilities about their readiness

Kudos to all those in Massachusetts who have taken leadership in promoting Narcan, or naloxone (“Antidote offers addicts’ families sliver of comfort,” Page A1, March 2). Families should also know to ask any facility treating their opiate-addicted loved one whether they have this product on site and whether staff are trained to use it.

I did not know to ask this question in December 2009, prior to our 20-year-old daughter overdosing at her residential treatment facility; if they’d had naloxone, perhaps she could have survived to have another chance at recovery.

M. Weiksnar