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Should you carry the opioid overdose rescue drug naloxone?
- By Scott Weiner, MD, Contributor
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As someone on the ground and a woman in long term recovery , a family member of loss , and family of active user I don’t believe any one thinks increased access to Naloxone is the solution to the epidemic , what was meant was it’s the solution to the overdose deaths which as you stated is 1 piece of the puzzle . Increased access to treatment that fits the individual is sorely needed so until then Save a Life because dead people don’t recover . It would be nice if the medical people instead of criticizing the Surgeon Generals Advisory, which WE asked him to make because some still believe Narcan only belongs in the hands of medical people and first responders , and instead put all your weight and dollars into demanding the medical system increase access to life saving treatment because that is the travesty here .. the medical profession created this epidemic and many are still shutting their doors to patients they prescribed these highly addictive substances who then became addicted to them . Talk about do no harm .
So much for price gouging in the midst of parents putting their children in the ground.
When I informed Methuen CVS I did not want MY insurance to pay for it( most negatively affects one’s chances for life insurance, I was curtly informed the cost would’ve $135.. pathetic. So much for price gouging in the midst of parents putting their children in the ground. So frustrated and tired of “how much better it’s getting!”
What people forget is oxygenation is first line defence in overdose. Millions have been taught give compression’s only.
Empower laypersons what they think is a life saving technique they are eagerly following a clinicians instructions increasing morbidity and mortality anyone alive, including respiratory emergency patients. Signs of OD proves the heart is beating and could be any of the 100’s of causes breathing emergency. Protocol increases mental and physical illness drug use and abuse loss of trust in the medical profession, addiction and harm reduction workers, dysfunctional society. Protocol you deny grade school science ‘How the Heart and Lungs work”
My Letter Emergency Medicine News with links to Public Health training literature
Major Canadian newspaper May 18, 2017 Tonronto Star ‘Sherbourne Health Centre latest to offer naloxone in midst of opiate crisis’
Quote “How to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose with naloxone:
Symptoms of opioid overdose include shallow or short breaths, gurgling or snoring sounds with breathing, pinpoint pupils, lips and fingertips turning blue, the body going limp and limited or no response to stimuli like pinching the clavicle or knuckles pressed on the sternum.
Quote “If you suspect someone is in an overdose, call 911 …. on scene when emergency responders arrive.
If you know how, begin chest compression’s.
My moderated comment Medscape ‘Naloxone for the Reversal of Opioid Adverse Effects’ https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/441915_4
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