Naloxone, commonly called Narcan reverses the effects of heroin and opioid like Oxycontin.  It is administered as a nasal spray or an injection. Naloxone works by blocking the receptors in the brain that opiates latch onto.  It is a lifesaving antidote. Previously in Pennsylvania, only medical personal could use it.  The new law expands the use to police and the public. Many states now have similar laws. If one of my loved ones had an opioid problem, I would try to get them help of course and I would seek the doctor’s help in getting a prescription for Narcan in case my loved one overdosed.  It would be in my medicine cabinet just like any other product. Recovery from substance abuse is slippery and it is not uncommon for people new to recovery to try just one more time. Their tolerance is changed and their just one more time can turn into the last time with a fatal overdose. My wish today is that every police department and ambulance service gets approval to carry and to administer Narcan. We are losing too many good people. My other wish today is that every police department would post a Recovery Zone sign. This would indicate that any addict could walk into the police station and get step by step help in getting into recovery. This could  mean a drive to a detox center or hospital and getting connected with a drug and alcohol facility.  I know our police officers do so much but this would really be lending a friendly hand in uniform.

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