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Jan 15, 2016 6:38 PM

Narcan kit distributed on Monday saves overdose victim on Friday

LACONIA - Laconia Fire and EMS hosted free and anonymous Narcan training Monday night as they joined with Partnership for Public Health.

“We have hands on training with a mannequin, you can put the naloxone together, ask questions and then you leave with a free kit,” said Lisa Leary, Director of Substance Use Disorder at Partnership for Public Health.

It was two women who went through that class that found themselves in need of that training early Friday morning. One of the two women overdosed, and the other used her Narcan kit she received from Monday’s training to help save her friend's life. Both are fine, but the incident highlights a growing problem in our state nonetheless.

On average, it takes two doses of Narcan to revive an overdose victim within 60 percent of overdose calls here in New Hampshire usually rounds of Narcan depend on the potency of the batch of heroin.

As of January 15, Laconia has responded to 10 overdoses, including the young woman this morning.

The state of New Hampshire has ordered 4,500 kits to distribute, and 44 have been given to Laconia for public distribution. But with every kit comes a word of caution.

"It is monumentally important that if you feel that you are giving someone Narcan, that you have to also call 9-1-1,” said Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Riley.

“Step one is to always call 9-1-1,” said Traci Fowler with Partnership for Public Health.

Keep in mind when you call 9-1-1, to report an overdose you cannot be prosecuted under NH state law. On Feb. 11, there will be another Narcan workshop and give-a-way. It’s anonymous, free, and could help save a life. More workshop info for what’s available in your area can be found here.

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