How to get a treatment that works into “every medicine cabinet”
In emergency overdose situations, Narcan saves lives. But in rural areas, it can be hard to get. Now, New Mexico is making the drug easier to distribute.
KSFR: Santa Fe Public Radio
Overdoses due to opioid drugs — like prescription painkillers and heroin — are on the rise across the country. New Mexico has seen its troubles with opioid overdoses, with one northern New Mexico town once labeled the heroin capital of the nation. Our Rural communities, many of which are great distances from medical care or emergency interventions — have had a particular set of challenges, different from those seen in more urban areas. However, a new approach to an old intervention — or the access to and use of Narcan or Naloxone — could be an especially effective treatment in these rural areas, providing quicker emergency responses, and allowing individuals a more active role in their own drug treatment. KSFR’s John Calef has the full story: