Globally, there is an estimated minimum of 190,000 – in most cases avoidable – premature deaths from drugs, the majority due to the use of opioids.

We often focus on the problem so let’s turn that around and look at a solution.  There is one intervention that has been saving lives when it comes to opioid addiction – Narcan.  This device has been saving people from dying from overdoses at a phenomenal rate.   

 

ABOUT NARCAN

This drug is referred to as an antagonist and what it does is reverse the effect of opiates on the brain. It takes someone who has flat lined really “dead” and brings them back to life!

CAN IT ENABLE USERS?

Studies report that Narcan does not encourage use and has actually been shown to decrease use.  This keeps people alive long enough to seek treatment for recovery.  If they died that wouldn’t happen. Data showed last year in the Central Florida and Tampa area, law enforcement alone saved at least 90 lives with it.  

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The way that it’s used is with the person lying down on the floor you place the device in one nostril and push it until the medicine sprays in.  (Similar to any simple nasal spray.)  If the person isn’t conscious after 1-3 minutes then you give another injection.  Each pack comes with two doses.  In the meantime, of course someone must call 911.  

When the person awakens from an overdose generally they’re not happy to be here but they need to be rushed to the hospital.  The medicine only works for a short period of time and they need immediate medical intervention… but without Narcan it would be too late and the person wouldn’t survive!

HOW TO GET IT

In orange county FL, our law officers and paramedics are now carrying it on them.  You can also purchase the drug over the counter at any local CVS or Walgreens.  Now when I personally tried to purchase it they told me I needed a prescription…. it’s important to remind them that’s not the case.  There is always a standing order for anyone who purchases it.  As far as cost I’ve heard variations from $40-$130 with insurance covering the other part.  

HOW TO GET MORE HELP

Most overdoses occur at home.  If you know anyone that struggles with heroin or opioid addiction PLEASE encourage them to have this in the home!  If you have more questions about opioid or alcohol treatment, feel free to call or e-mail us.  No time is better than now.  This type of lethal disease progresses too quickly.  Act NOW.  


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