Every 19 minutes someone dies of an overdose, which makes drug overdose the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Equipping law enforcement with naloxone kits and access to professional medical training for administration could mean the difference between life and death. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which means it removes and replaces the opioid from its receptor in the body. This reverses the effects of opioids for 30-90 minutes and allows the respiratory system to recover. It has proven effective in 86% of cases, but caution should still be exercised when administering naloxone. This means that slow release opioids could require another dose of naloxone if treatment is not reached within that 90-minute window. However; too much naloxone could put the person into immediate withdrawal, causing pain and subsequent violent behavior. This is one of the reasons that proper medical training is essential. Kits typically include instructions, gloves, and pre-filled nasal sprays or syringes.
How can I do that?
- Reach out to your local drug-free coalition, law enforcement or government officials
- Contact your local health department to find out if they can provide law enforcement with training on the use of naloxone.