The U.S. Surgeon General is urging loved ones of those at risk for opioid overdoses to carry an overdose-reversing drug.
Naloxone, which is sold under the brand names “Narcan”and “Evzio” works to revive victims in the event of an overdose.
While Police and EMS arrive to an overdose scene with Narcan on hand, officials are advising more citizens should carry the drug.
Gina Allgaier knows all to well the affects it could have had after on her 21 year old son passed away from an overdose in June, 2017.
“When you are struggling to keep someone alive before you can get them into treatment you do things you never thought you would do.” “He left the house, he went down to Fayetteville on a Friday afternoon and that was the last time I saw him alive,” said Allgaier
She hopes everyone can get their hands on Narcan, she calls it a life saving last resort.
“If you have someone within your household that you feel is at is at risk of overdose, carrying naloxone on you could definitely save a life,” said Allgaier.
Medical professional Tonya Eastham hopes people have proper medical training when using Narcan.
” I think Narcan can be a great first stop, but it needs to be something that they need to use in conjunction with other things. They need to also seek inpatient treatment or go to the emergency room,” said Eastham.
While the drug can be easily obtained, medical professionals say some, in what they calls the “addiction circle,” will choose to buy narcotics instead of Narcan.
A prescription for Narcan is not necessary while two doses of the nasal spray can be around $150.
Medical professionals say it can take up to seven does in some cases.