We are very excited to be partnered with NC Harm Reduction Coalition who raises grassroots advocacy to help save the lives of those made vulnerable by drug use, sex work, overdose, immigration status, gender, and other factors.
The goal of this organization is to emphasize tolerance for the individuals which will help those suffering from high-risk behavior, regardless of their circumstances, closer to the treatment needed. To highlight one of the specific activities performed by this great organization is the training of law enforcement and first responders on the use of life-saving Naloxone.
“Naloxone is a life-saving drug that temporarily blocks the effects of opioids on the brain to restore breathing in a person experiencing respiratory failure from an opioid overdose” NCHRC press release.
Heroin overdose deaths skyrocketed in NC alone 565% from 2010–2014. Opioid-related deaths in the United States alone were estimated 19,000 in 2014 according to a report from the American Society of Addiction Medicine. This rise, in addition, is seen across all demographics and is linked to abuse of prescription opioids like Oxycontin.
This may not pull at the heartstrings like a charity that prevents animal cruelty or the prevention of diseases like Cancer. Consider the cumulative effect of approximately 500,000 people using Heroin and 2.1m Americans suffering from opioid addiction in the US alone and the numbers are growing.
NC Harm Reduction Coalition believes that the first step to getting users closer to treatment is the prevention of overdose and clean needle programs for at-risk users. Among other services to the community, NC Harm Reduction is training local law enforcement to safely administer Naloxone.
Law enforcement departments across the state are equipping their officers and deputies with Naloxone and training them on how to respond to opioid overdose. Since January 2015 law enforcement officers and deputies have reversed 33 overdoses with Naloxone. Forty-three departments are now carrying in total. For a list of reversals by department, click here.
“I was hesitant about putting a naloxone program in our department at first but now I’m one of the program’s biggest advocates,” says Chief Joseph Barone of the Statesville Police Department.“We had two officers administer naloxone within two weeks of implementing our program. Why not carry a medication that could save a life, especially if the statute allows it and the training is available? It’s an opportunity for law enforcement to provide more public service.”
Since 2013 NC Harm Reduction Coalition has distributed 22,000 Naloxone kits which are credited with the overdose reversals of more than 2,000 North Carolina citizens. If you want to learn more about this great organization and their team please visit www.nchrc.org for details.
American Society of Addiction Medicine http://goo.gl/aew0AU
NC Harm Reduction Coalition Press Release http://goo.gl/M0DvTkna