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On March 29, the FDA authorized the over-the-counter sale of Narcan, a nasal spray that rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
On Tuesday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) questioned the U.S. strategy against the fentanyl crisis, saying it was relying on "palliatives" instead of tackling the root of the problem.
Lopez Obrador said the best strategy is to address why so many are using and abusing opioids. Mexico's Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo Lopez-Gatell said the U.S. measure reflects "simplistic thinking" in the face of a complex problem.
It reveals a lack of interest in tackling social problems, such as entrenched inequality and absence of opportunities, especially for the young, said Lopez-Gatell.
The opioid crisis in the United States has in recent years led to tens of thousands of accidental deaths from overdose, according to experts.