It's a truth addicts and health providers know well: Naloxone can reverse heroin overdoses, but it can't cure the addictions that cause them.
In a small but growing number of places, people who land in hospitals after being revived by the drug are being guided toward long-term treatment. That's largely because decision makers have heard so many stories about people being brought back from the brink - sometimes repeatedly - and then turned loose to use again.
The drug, pronounced nuh-LOX-ohn and often known by the brand name Narcan, is administered via shot or nasal spray . . .