To kickstart the beginning of March, Delray Beach Police will now usher in an unprecedented move in their history carrying Naloxone (Narcan) the antidote known to immediately reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The Delray Police Department formally made the pronouncement Tuesday, March 1st 2016 in an effort to address the growing problem of heroin deaths. They are the first police department in Palm Beach County to make such a policy shattering declaration.
Why is This Good News?
The Delray Beach Fire Rescue, were previously the ones to dispense the drug to overdose patients, and had used Naloxone a total of 341 times during the timeframe of January 2014 to October 2015. The supervisors of each unit will now carry the naloxone diffusing spray with them at all times.
Currently first responders units such as EMT’s and police officers are the only ones granted clearance to carry and administer the naloxone without a prescription authorization in the state of Florida. Many citizens are irritated with this development because the state has been known as a haven for drug users constantly circulating through the revolving doors of the myriad of treatment and recovery programs located in Florida. The silver lining is that if you are a treatment provider or someone in close proximity who uses substances and is at risk of overdosing, you have the right to be granted a prescription.
Naloxone has become more ubiquitous across the U.S., including Washington, D.C., without a prescription and can be purchased at your local Walgreens or CVS. However, the glaring omission of Florida from this list is notable, since heroin overdoses in the state have increased from 48 in 2010 to an exponential jump of 447 in 2014, as illustrated in the Tampa Bay Times. We are hoping the recent momentum and favorable publicity of naloxone becoming available without prescription continues to gain traction as it is a much needed shift in drug policy that will save numerous lives.
Food for Thought
Drug overdose deaths in America are now the primary cause of accidental deaths in the country. The most recent figures indicate that close to 47,055 people become casualties from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2014. Of those estimates close to 10,000 of those deaths were a result of heroin abuse, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
Talk to your primary care physician today about how you can get naloxone and join the movement to save lives! Learn more about naloxone here: Get Naloxone Now.
You can also do your part to fight drug related deaths by submitting you or your loved one treatment for addiction. Contact Addiction Hopeline for more information on how you can get better today. Our primary concern is getting you the help you need to lead a productive and healthy life. Call now at 1-877-721-7719!