Given the recent announcement that Narcan (naloxone HCl) will soon be available as an over-the-counter medication, I would like to see our local bodies have it on hand for emergency use. Narcan is a medication that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose, and has been proven to save lives. As a community that prioritizes individual freedom and self-expression, we also have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our members.
Opioid overdose is a serious and growing problem in many parts of the world, and it can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or social status. Overdose can occur, of course, due to the use of illicit drugs; but, in many cases, it also occurs due to accidental or unintentional misuse of prescription drugs.
Having Narcan on hand can mean the difference between life and death in the event of an overdose. I would like to request that local bodies obtain and maintain a supply of Narcan for use in case of emergency as well as ensure that all responsible members are trained in its use. The packaging for the medication includes links for how to use it in the case of an emergency.
Here are some resources for obtaining Narcan:
- Your local pharmacy may carry Narcan, and some states allow it to be obtained without a prescription already.
- Harm Reduction Coalition (https://harmreduction.org) offers Narcan training and distribution programs in many areas.
- Community-based organizations and public health departments may also offer Narcan training and distribution programs.
- In some areas – hospitals are giving 4-8 doses away for free if requested.