Hope in the opioid crisis? Overdose deaths appear to be leveling off as states intensify efforts to save lives

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Bill Kinkle hasn't worked as a nurse in nearly a decade. But the Pennsylvania man never leaves home without emergency medical supplies.

Always on his belt: naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and save a life.

Kinkle, who lives in the Philadelphia suburb of Willow Grove, says his own life has been saved by naloxone more than once.

Nearly 15 months into recovery from heroin addiction, he also carries a card telling others where they can get help. His message, he says, is that “people can recover, they do recover, and they are worth the effort.”

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