Narcan rapidly reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as heroin, methadone, fentanyl and morphine.
"The media focus on the 'new face' of addiction has ignored the fact that black communities are deeply and disproportionately suffering from the opioid crisis in the Midwest and across the country," Kathie Kane-Willis, director of policy and advocacy for the Chicago Urban League, said.
State-level regulations and local authorities have most of the say about how available a drug called naloxone is to the general public.
"I think people are mainly oblivious."
The VA killed thousands of vets and fueled the national opioid addiction crisis by recklessly throwing pills at a problem.
More than 60 percent of NFL teams play in states where medical marijuana is legal.