The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that opioids (including heroin and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. And 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid.
aloxone (brand name Narcan) is opioid antagonist that temporarily reverses an opioid overdose and saves lives. It comes in nasal and injectable form. It is available without a prescription. It saves lives.
Across the U.S., grant funded programs are reaching out to provide free Narcan trainings to anyone interested - families, addicted persons, school personnel, First Responders, medical and behavioral health providers.
It costs nothing to save a life. If you haven't already done so, set a goal to attend a training near you.
Kelly Swan is a counselor, educator, program developer, community activist and a person in long-term recovery.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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