Learn about the life saving drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan, and it’s roll in the fight against the opioid epidemic. This week we’ll hear from someone who’s life was saved by the drug as well as Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown.
Common Sense – Naloxone Saves Lives Transcript & Sources
Hello and welcome to Common Sense, I’m Dominick Bonny and today we’re taking a look at Naloxone, commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan. It’s a life-saving drug that can stop an opioid overdose in progress and revive someone who has overdosed long enough for them to get to a hospital and get help.
Here’s a video my company produced for the North Central Accountable Communities of Health, which explains exactly what Narcan does, and in it you will hear three individual perspectives on why it’s a powerful tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic. One from an overdose survivor who was saved by Narcan, one from former state senator and NCACH executive director Linda Evans Parlette and one from a local pastor who works closely with both the homeless and recovery communities.
Stay tuned after the break to hear more of Liza’s story and hear Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown’s thoughts on Narcan.
Welcome back! Let’s learn more about Liza Sunshine, whose life was saved by paramedics after they gave her Narcan after an opioid overdose. She’s in recovery now and credits those paramedics and Narcan for saving her life, and ensuring her son still has a mom.
She’s almost completed her bachelor’s degree and has gotten her life back on track. That brush with death could have robbed her little boy of a mother that clearly loves and cares for him very much. Everyone deserves a second chance, and because those paramedics had Narcan, Liza got one. After the break, we’ll sit down with Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown and hear his thoughts about the effectiveness of Narcan as an emergency response tool and hear about one of his officers who had to receive a dose of Narcan after he suffered a dangerous exposure to fentanyl.
So there you have it, Naloxone saves lives and both the recovery community and law enforcement recognize it’s value to society. If you want to learn more about Narcan, you can do so with a simple Google search or check out this link on the NCACH’s website. Join me next week on Common Sense as we take a look at a therapeutic farm for vets called Charlie Foxtrot Farms in Pateros and highlight a local man who takes to the streets of Wenatchee at night to offer homeless folks simple things like hot chocolate, socks and a listening ear.
- Narcan for your Organization, NCACH: https://ncach.org/narcan/
- Drug-possession law tossed out by Washington State Supreme Court, Chinook Observer: https://www.chinookobserver.com/news/local/drug-possession-law-tossed-out-by-washington-state-supreme-court/article_594bf090-77ca-11eb-8b37-53dbf0f00512.html
- Washington state v. Blake: https://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/968730.pdf
- Episode 23 Overtime segment: https://vimeo.com/520728065