The opiate epidemic has been rampaging towns all over the United States and taking many lives with it. People are doing everything in their power to figure out ways to stop the epidemic that is not only hurting families but increasing crimes rates. Towns that were once very safe now have increase in robberies and break ins that are a direct result of opiate painkillers or heroin abuse. Because the overdose rates in the country are now higher than deaths caused by car accidents, law enforcement officials around the country have been using a medication to reverse overdoses.
Narcan also known as Naloxone is a medication that has been around since the 1970's. Naloxone is used in emergency rooms around the country to reverse overdoses related to opiates. Law enforcement and local governments now have Naloxone on the front lines to help against the opiate epidemic. First responders are the best people to administer the medication which can be administered by either a nasal spray or shot. Many overdoses that were deadly occurred because first responders could not get the addicts to the hospital in time to reverse the effects. Now that first responders have been able to administer the medication on the spot, it has saved countless lives around the United States.
When Naloxone was first discussed being available to first responders, as well as family and friends of addicts, there were a lot of people who were against it. The people that were against it mostly had no experience with addiction or the healthcare field. Their argument was that addicts now have no consequences for their using. That they can get as high as they want or shoot heroin and not worry about the potency or risk of overdose. These were actual arguments against the funding of this medication. The remarks were totally insane and do not show any type of remorse or care for the millions of people around the United States who are addicted to opiates.
The types of people that are overdosing are not what they used to be. Back in the 90's the view of a heroin addict was that of a homeless street person who robs people to feed their habit. That stereotype has completely gone out the window. People from all walks of life are being saved by Nalexone. Whether you are a white collar working man or a stay at home mom, no one is safe from opiates if they are prescribed for a long period of time. When you look at the fact that hydrocodone is the number one prescribed medication in the country, it should come as no surprise that our first responders need to carry Naloxone. Our medical field is over-prescribing opiates and it needs to be put under control.