If it’s given quickly enough to someone overdosing on an opioid, the drug naloxone can be a lifesaver. Many local police stations now keep naloxone on hand, but the idea of involving law enforcement can be off-putting to addicts. So Adapt Pharma, the company that manufactures Narcan, a brand of naloxone, has launched a program to make the emergency remedy available elsewhere in communities: Public libraries, YMCAs, and schools.
Along with two free doses of Narcan, Adapt offers training to staffers at libraries and Ys on how to recognize the symptoms of an opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone.
Any school, including two- and four-year colleges, can also request free doses of Narcan, along with information about the opioid crisis and its impact. Adapt’s parent company, Emergent Solutions, gave a grant to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), which developed a toolkit to help nurses teach students, parents, faculty, and staff about how to avoid the risks of prescription opioids.