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What is Narcan 2 and How Can It Help Overdose Victims?

You may think that once someone has overdosed on an opioid and has been brought back from the brink of death, that would be sufficient to persuade them that enough is enough, and that it is time that they seek treatment for their addiction.

Sadly, this is not the case. Most people who overdose on opioids continue to use them, and remain in danger of overdosing and ending their lives.

Narcan is the name of a typical substance that is used by emergency responders when encountering someone who has overdosed on opioids. It’s a powerful drug that lifts a patient from the brink of death and out of danger following an opioid-related overdose.

Emergency Workers in South Dakota Using Narcan 2 to Inform Those Struggling With Opioid Addiction

Narcan is not enough. Now law enforcement officers in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota are administering what is being called ‘Narcan 2’. This is not something that rids a person of opioid dependency like a magic bullet, but an information pack that hopes to answer the questions of surviving opioid overdose victims, their friends and their families. The leading question asked is often “What do we do next?”

‘Narcan 2’ is an information resource packet that is being given to drug overdose survivors and the people who are close to them. Included in the package are the following:

  • Phone numbers and website details of local treatment and evaluation centers
  • Information on how to secure a network of support
  • Suicide and crisis support information
  • Substance use disorder services
  • Information on purchasing Naloxone

The information pack began to be handed out by local law enforcement officers in the summer of 2018. Not only is it given to opioid addicts and their families, it is also given to parents of children who are afraid their child has been exposed to narcotics.

“I think it’s exceptionally beneficial,” said Sioux Falls Police Captain Jeff Garden. “There’s so much information in this little envelope. Officers want to make sure that the family is aware of the resources that are out there and there is a support network. (Opioid abuse and overdoses) are more common than any of us would like it to be.”

In 2016, eleven people died after overdosing on opioids and other substances in Minnehaha County. In 2017, that number doubled. It is hoped that with the distribution of ‘Narcon 2’ those overdose-related figures will at least rise no further.

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