Between 1996-2014 Narcan overdose reversal kits reportedly were used to save over 27,000 from fatal drug overdose. These kits containing emergency naloxone (narcan) are being distributed to law enforcement, first responders, friends and family across the nation. According to the National Institutes of Health, Narcan OD Reversal Kits have been distributed to over 150,000 people, but many more are needed to treat the opioid epidemic.
According to healthcare treatment statistics, over 44,000 people die annually from drug overdose. Of these, 16,000 occurrences are from prescription painkillers, and over 8,000 from street heroin. Naloxone OD Reversal Kits contain an opioid antagonist that blocks the receptors temporarily helping to bring overdosing individuals back to a conscious state until proper treatment can be administered.
Unfortunately, many are reluctant to distribute Narcan OD Reversal Kits
due to the stigma of drug use feeling that it will encourage reckless behavior. However, the friends and family, not to mention the tens of thousands saved, may offer a different perspective. Over 160 organizations are actively distributing Naloxone to friends and family of known opioid users in case a fatal overdose occurs.
Another distinct challenge affecting distribution of Naloxone is the demographic being targeted for distribution. While most associate heroin overdose with dark alleys in urban centers, double the number of heroin overdoses are occurring from prescription opioids in quiet communities. Many of these are addictions that carry over from short term treatment of acute and chronic pain.