Author: Justin Mckibben
With the opioid epidemic in America there have been a lot of advances in the field of addiction treatment, as well as innovations in prevention and intervention. One of the most useful elements of preserving the lives of thousands of people across the country has been the development and implementation of the opioid overdose antidote Narcan. So many people are impacted by opioid abuse, and so many families and friends to addicts want to help in any way they can to give their loved ones an opportunity at surviving their struggles. A lot of people are still unsure how to obtain some of these life-saving resources, especially when it comes to the overdose antidote.
The truth is, basically anyone can get access to Naloxone or Narcan, with various expansion programs existing for the purpose of providing vital support to the communities afflicted. Also, anyone can be trained on how to use it. There are a few ways to obtain Narcan.
How Do You Get Narcan: What is Narcan/Naloxone
Just to verify, Narcan is the brand name of this life-saving medication. Naloxone is the generic name. Narcan (Naloxone) is used to counteract and reverse the deadly effects of an overdose of opiate drugs such as heroin, Oxycodone,Hydrocodone and others as well.
Naloxone hydrochloride, the scientific name, is a white to slightly off-white powder and is soluble in water. Naloxone Hydrochloride injection is available as a non-preserved sterile solution for intravenous, intramuscular or subcutaneous administration in 1 mg/mL concentration.
Narcan is also supplied as a nasal spray, which provides for a decreased risk factor and makes it easier to administer for many by eliminating needles. In these forms, Naloxone and Narcan expansion has become a very big part of combatting the opioid epidemic, and through many groups advocating for its use, Narcan has become available in many ways.
How Do You Get Narcan: CVS and Walgreens
One way is through pharmacy companies like CVS and Walgreens.
Back in late 2015, the pharmacy company CVS announced it would be selling the opioid overdose antidote naloxone without a prescription in 14 states. Then in early 2016 CVS announced they would be expanding the program to 20 states by the end of the year. Of course, pharmacy boards in each state can make the decisions about offering Naloxone or Narcan without a prescription, but CVS has worked to further grant access to people all over the nation. You can look online to see if it is available in your area.
Also in early 2016 the pharmacy organization Walgreens announced two programs to address key issues in the opioid crisis.
- Safe medical disposal kiosks for unused prescription drugs
- Narcan expansion
By the end of 2016 Walgreens had expanded naloxone access without the requirement of a prescription to 33 states and the District of Columbia. Walgreens also continues to express the intention to further expand these programs. A quick online search you let you know if it is currently available without a prescription at a Walgreens near you.
How Do You Get Narcan: Other Options
In truth there are a lot of different ways to get Narcan, depending on where you are. To name a few:
You can contact a family physician in order to gain access to a Naloxone or Narcan kit, and should even be able to get training on how to utilize it.
State or Local Health Department
Your state or local health department should be able to provide you with all the information about any Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs in your area that provide the resources and training for the overdose antidote.
Harm Reduction Organizations
There are clinics, community centers and other harm reduction organizations all over the country that work to provide extensive support, resources and information. The Harm Reduction Coalition is America’s national harm reduction network operating overdose prevention programs for years.
The Overdose Prevention Alliance (OPA)
The OPA is a home for information and debate on drug overdose worldwide. It operates with the goal of cutting overdose and mortality rates. The OPA aims to collect and document major issues in overdose worldwide, encourage overdose prevention initiatives. Finding this resource could also be a huge help.
How Do You Get Narcan: Making a Difference
In the end, there are so many avenues someone can take to obtain this crucial tool in the fight against opioid overdose. Some community leaders even organize local workshops where they invite the public to come and get training on how to use Naloxone or Narcan. Some colleges even provide Naloxone kits to students, and many of both kinds of programs are free of charge.
The goal with any program is to try and save lives. At the end of the day that is what it comes down to; saving lives. Every bit of these resources makes a difference.
Still, beyond being revived from an overdose; beyond having access to the opioid overdose antidote is the need for safe and effective treatment. Having a second chance means using it. Keeping someone alive after a nearly fatal overdose is a huge feat, but there has to be more to helping someone, and that is where holistic drug and alcohol treatment programs make the biggest difference.
If you or someone you love have survived an opioid overdose and don’t know what to do next, do not hesitate to get help. If you or someone you love is struggling, please call toll-free now. We want to help.
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Here are your crazy news stories of the week!
Major Field Sobriety Test Fail
A lady in Marion County was taken to jail Thursday when deputies say she was intoxicated at a gas station and chuckled in their faces when asked if she was drunk. Deputies said 54-year-old Lori Ann Krosser staggered out of the Kangaroo Express gas station on Southwest 103rd Street in Ocala and went to her car at one of the pumps. The report said that Krosser “had very slurred speech and smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage.” Deputies tried to do a field sobriety test, but they said Krosser was so drunk that she started stumbling in random directions and into one of the officers, deputies stated. Deputies said that when they arrested her and took her to Marion County Jail she urinated in her pants, declined to take a breathalyzer or sign any documents and confessed to owning marijuana that was discovered in her purse when she arrived. Krosser has been charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and smuggling contraband into a detention facility.
Man Sets off Military Style Explosive on Another Man’s Car
A DeBary man was arrested and charged with explosion of a military device on the hood of the car of an Orange City man who took his cellphone and gave it back without the SIM card that holds personal informations, Orange City police stated. 29-year-old Aaron Nesbitt who is a former employee of Mickey Finns Restaurant at 816 Saxon Blvd., was livid with 25-year-old Armanny Echevarria of Orange City over the phone occurrence, police said. So, on Sunday at 7:49 p.m., Nesbitt went to the parking lot of the restaurant where Echevarria worked and placed a military artillery simulator explosive (an M-21) on the hood of Echevarria’s car, said Orange City police spokesman Lt. Jason Sampsell.
Man Confesses to Shooting of Apopka Police Officers Car
20-year-old Tyler Endsley of Apopka was arrested on Tuesday after police said he confessed to shooting up an Apopka police car at a 7-Eleven. An unidentified tip led officers to him. He told detectives he was high on Xanax and marijuana when he shot the patrol car with a 10-gauge shotgun at about 4 a.m. Sunday, department spokesman Officer Ed Chittenden stated. Police arrested Endsley on charges of attempted armed robbery, use of a firearm during a felony, displaying a firearm in public and criminal mischief.
Couple Caught Having Sex in a Walgreens Restroom
Winter Haven Police say that at about 8:10 p.m. on Saturday, 24-year-old Christopher Mahurin and 22-year-old Jenna Lynn Frey had sex in one of the stalls of the women’s restroom at the Walgreens set at 805 Havendale Blvd. N.W. While the pair was still in the stall, a 6-year-old girl came in the bathroom while her father stood close by. Mahurin left the stall completely naked and immediately pushed the girl towards the door and she began shouting, according to police. The girl’s father, who was just outside of the restroom door, overheard the shrieks and entered the restroom to get his daughter. When officers arrived, Mahurin and Frey were in a car in the parking lot. Originally the pair denied the event saying that Frey only went in to use the restroom. Though, after additional questioning, Frey told officers that they had sex in the stall. Mahurin was retained into the Polk County Jail on charges of lewd/lascivious exhibition, indecent exposure in public, battery and knowingly driving with suspended or revoked license .
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Walgreens, the largest pharmacy chain in the country, reached a settlement with federal authorities, marking an end to a DEA probe that uncovered an “unprecedented number” of dispensing and record keeping violations of the Controlled Substances Act. The oversights allowed tens of thousands of units of powerful painkillers such as oxycodone to illegally wind up in the hands of drug addicts and dealers, according to officials.
The target of the probe was a major East Coast distribution center in Jupiter, FL, and six retail pharmacies around the state. Officials say the Jupiter distribution center failed to flag suspicious orders of drugs it received from pharmacies, and the retail outlets routinely filled prescriptions that clearly were not for a legitimate medical use. The distribution center was the largest supplier of oxycodone to retail pharmacies in Florida, the DEA said.
Mark R. Trouville, chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Miami field office, called Walgreens’ actions “a clear example of inexcusable corporate conduct that existed only for greed and profit. National pharmaceutical chains are not exempt from following the law.”
In a statement, Kermit Crawford, president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Walgreens, said, “As the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., we are fully committed to doing our part to prevent prescription drug abuse. We have worked closely with the DEA over the past several months to reach this agreement.”
Walgreens has taken steps “to ensure appropriate dispensing of controlled substances,” Crawford said. This includes measures such as enhancing its ordering and inventory systems and training its employees.
Florida’s Prescription Pill Epidemic
With the advent of the pill mill, prescription drug abuse in Florida was upgraded from problem to epidemic. These offices employed physicians who would treat patients on a cash-only basis and prescribe copious amounts of pain medication without clear medical need. Drug seeking individuals from other southern states began to travel en masse to Florida to get these prescriptions. Many of them would then sell the pills on the streets of their home states for up to forty times what they paid.
Every day, seven people die as a result of prescription drug abuse in Florida. Prescription drug related deaths now outpace deaths from automobile accidents. An ongoing crackdown in recent years — including passage of better prescription monitoring laws and numerous arrests of doctors, clinic operators and pharmacy owners — has reduced the number of illegal “pill mills” operating in the state.
Unfortunately, now that so many pill mills have been closed, Florida law enforcement has seen a significant increase in import and sales of street drugs. Also, there has been a huge spike in armed robberies of pharmacies and drug cargo heists.
There isn’t enough being done for those who have become addicted as a result of prescription drug abuse in Florida. Because these are highly addictive medications, an addicted individual doesn’t just quit when he no longer has access to the pills through a doctor’s office. When their primary source of drugs is unavailable, prescription drug abusers are forced to go elsewhere to fuel their habit.
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