Narcan is being sold over the counter with education in many places now. You can hear the screams of the self-righteous and uninformed from a million miles away. I am going to assume that any person who reads this and is completely scandalized by my attempt to educate about narcan is simply uninformed and requires tutoring. Because I don’t want to assume that you think ‘Those Damn Junkies Ought To Die’
As a former ER Nurse, I love me some narcan. It can turn an essentially dead person into a swinging, puking whirlwind of life in a moment. Heroin overdose? Have 0.4 mg of This Party is OVER! And hopefully you got it fast enough that we have saved your brain. So you can live to go to rehab someday. This is because all people are precious, and I want all of them to live for as long as they can. I am a grieving parent, myself (pedestrian accident) so I am firmly wired into the community who have lost their children due to drug overdose. I wish there had been a vial of Narcan sitting there when my friends found their kids down. Seriously.
Narcan does need to be sold with education, especially because of the half-life. We all know they can obtund again in 20-30 minutes. Or an hour. They still have to come to the hospital, and they need to know that. However, we cannot control that. We can only give them this one precious second chance at life. Yes, there are side effects associated with Narcan, but none of them are as serious as dead in 3 minutes. We can usually fix the other ones.
And now we are giving it to the police as well! This is wonderful! The police usually get to scenes much faster than the ambulance, and they can inject it and save that person, who may go on to change lives for the better someday. Maybe they will speak at your kids school about the dangers of drugs, and convince your kid to never try heroin WHEN it is offered to them. Because it will be offered to them. And if you think it won’t, come visit me and I will take you to an extremely affluent area of St Louis where kids are dying in record numbers from heroin overdoses. Good kids. Smart kids.
Sick people do not deserve to die because you disagree with their choices, Judgey McJudgeyPants.
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