(KRON) — Thursday is Worldwide Overdose Consciousness Day. Many are spending the day spreading consciousness about Narcan and the way it’s used to cease an overdose.
From medical doctors and hurt discount specialists to folks who’ve misplaced their little children to an overdose. There was an overdose consciousness day occasion in Marin County.
Narcan was free to anybody who wished it on the Marin Ace Ironmongery shop in San Rafael. Consultants defined methods to use the spray to cease an overdose and several other dad and mom shared their tales of they want somebody would have used Narcan on their baby.
A cease at Marin Ace wasn’t simply an errand for patrons on Thursday, however an opportunity to learn the way Narcan works to cease an overdose.
Director of Hurt Discount at The Spahr Heart, Chris Brown, spent Worldwide Overdose Consciousness Day handing out nasal sprays without cost.
“Right here in Marin, there’s a deadly overdose about each 5 to 6 days and sixty p.c of these overdoses contain fentanyl, Brown mentioned.
Fentanyl is now part of Michelle Leopold’s vocabulary each day. Leopold’s son died in 2019 of a fentanyl overdose whereas he was at Sonoma State. He was 18 years previous.
“It was one thing alongside these strains of two micro milligrams is what is going to kill you and he had over 4 micro milligrams,” Leopold mentioned.
It’s by no means straightforward to speak concerning the lack of her son, however she does it so others can study from her son’s expertise.
“It’s the worst factor that can ever occur to anybody,” Leopold mentioned.
Marin Ace buyer Charles Dines will always remember this after choosing up his free Narcan.
“At all times wished to have one thing in the home that could possibly be helpful in case of and it is a nice alternative to study concerning the newest,” Dines mentioned.
Marin County Public Well being Officer Dr. Matt Willis says Narcan is likely one of the key parts of combating the opioid disaster. Drug overdoses are actually the primary reason for loss of life in Marin County amongst these 55 and youthful.
“It has eclipsed most cancers as that main trigger, greater than doubled between 2018 to 2021 and it’s actually been primarily attributable to fentanyl,” Willis mentioned.
Overdoses should not straightforward to carry up and are an especially sophisticated downside to resolve. Nevertheless, this group isn’t right here to keep away from the robust subjects. They’re right here to avoid wasting lives.
“I don’t need some other dad and mom to bury their kids,” Leopold mentioned.
In line with Dr. Willis, there’s no draw back to using Narcan. The general public well being officer says if any person is having an overdose, Narcan can save their life.
If it’s not an overdose, using Narcan won’t damage them.