Aug 29, 2015 1:53 PM
State ordering Narcan kits designed to reduce drug overdose deaths
CONCORD - In an effort to cut down the number of drug overdose deaths, the state is ordering 4,700 kits of naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in an emergency.
According to the Concord Monitor, the state also plans to train people on how to administer naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, with sessions to be scheduled around the state beginning in mid-September.
To widen access, the state plans to make the kits available to a wide array of groups including homeless shelters, treatment providers and law enforcement.
State officials outlined the plan at a meeting of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery on Friday.
The state is also putting together an information sheet that will be distributed with the Narcan kits that will include information on addiction treatment programs.
“You can include the basic information on its administration, and also the most important data points on prior steps, call 911, or post steps, call a treatment center,” said Tym Rourke, chairman of the Governor's Commission.
“Narcan only does one thing. It takes someone out of an overdose, it doesn’t treat them, it doesn’t get them on the road to recovery,” he said.
Narcan usage in the state has spiked in recent years. First responders administered the overdose antidote nearly 2,000 times last year, up from roughly 1,050 times in 2013, according to figures from the state Emergency Medical Services.