Making life-saving drug Narcan widely available discussed at drug summit

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On day two of Governor Sandoval’s Drug Abuse Prevention Summit at the MGM Grand, experts moved forward with ideas for the next legislative session.  They even discussed the possibility of making the life-saving drug Narcan more widely available.

Narcan can save the life of people who overdosed on heroin or opioids, and it works within minutes. Every local paramedic carries Narcan in their bag.

Experts at the drug summit feel the more people who learn to administer Narcan the more lives will be saved.

However, Dr. Tracey Green, the vice dean of clinical affairs for UNLV’s School of Medicine says educating loved ones and friends about how to use Narcan is key in the midst of the opioid crisis.

“It’s fairly easy; very similar to the epinephrin that was just recently passed to be able to be used in schools, Dr. Green said.  “You uncap it; you put it into a thigh or an arm, it works rather rapidly.  However, you have to be cautious because some people coming off medications can be fairly aggressive or surprised or they didn’t realize what was going on.  So we have to make sure that the education to those that are outside of the medical profession understand the way this drug works.”

Friends and family of opioid users can ask their doctor for Narcan to use in the event of an overdose, and if you’re squeamish about needles– there is a nasal mist you can use.  It’s very easy to use the injector.  All you have to do is press it against the thigh.
 

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