Finally in the news this week is a look at how some jurisdictions around the country are moving to getting Narcan in the hands of lay people, drug counselors, and family members to help save the lives of people who are addicted to opioid narcotics. In the article I found over at TimesDispatch.com in Virginia, that state is moving forward with a community outreach and education program called REVIVE!
Narcan Pilot Program in Virginia
The program is a new pilot program that could soon be seen all over the state. Similar programs are in place in Maryland, Massachusetts and many other areas. Selected people are trained to use special Narcan kits with nasal infusion syringes to spray the drug up into people’s nasal passages for drug absorption during an overdose.
The kits include the pre-filled syringes, an instruction card and stickers to place on the patients after the dose is administered. The stickers say “I’ve Received Naloxone” with the REVIVE logo and serve to alert us, EMTs and paramedics, that the patient has already received a dose of the drug to counteract a suspected overdose.
Richmond Ambulance Authority Connection
This article is in the Richmond Area and I’m going to reach out to some of my friends down there and see if I can get someone from the Richmond Ambulance Authority to talk about how this program will influence their system. In the meantime, I hope you will let me know if you have a program like this in your area and your experiences with it.
Have you seen a positive response from drug users or their loved ones? I hope you’ll let me know. Shoot me an email to Podmedic@mac.com. I look forward to hearing your comments on this program and ones like it.
Followup on the links to this news item and all the other articles and resources in this week’s episode show notes – Anaphylaxis, Allergic Reactions, EMS Pharmacology and Episode 397.