When Central Florida decided to take a stand against the opioid crisis a couple of years ago, a task force on the matter determined that the biggest ally against the deadly drug was Narcan.
Yesterday, it saved the lives of one of our first responders (story HERE).
In an age when we assemble task forces for everything because they look good and often come away with little to show for it, thank goodness they fast tracked this valuable emergency treatment.
For those who are unaware of Narcan, the textbook description of the drug otherwise known as naloxone is an “antagonist used for the complete or partial reversal of opioid overdose, including respiratory depression. Narcan is also used for diagnosis of suspected or known acute opioid overdose and also for blood pressure support in septic shock.”
In other words it saves lives. When fentanyl tricks your body into thinking it’s okay to shutdown, Narcan can be administered through a nasal spray to bring you back.
Getting Narcan into the hands of as many law enforcement officers also received bipartisan support in Tallahassee. Even they knew how important this was to dropping opioid related deaths.
Unfortunately, the battle is still far from over. There are still too many overdoses and cases of addiction to opioids that it’s now seen as a disease and pulling it’s victims from it’s addictive grasp is a tough task that requires teamwork from an entire community. Lawmakers, law enforcement, clergy, community leaders and that victim’s family
But we’re not going to quit and when needed we’re going to continue to deploy this lifesaving chemical.