Request for study regarding nalaxone
A useful tool for folks on the ground fighting the current opioid epidemic might be a reputable scientific study proving naloxone administration by even untrained persons increases survival rates/outcomes.
Also one proving that administering some, but maybe not enough, naloxone is better than giving none.
Another, slightly related suggestion is to create a program something like "block parents" for naloxone, but focused more on businesses in affected areas like the dtes, and just get kits out into the world in larger numbers. Government might need to step up, good Samaritans might be afraid to do more harm than good, but prove it can't hurt and get the suits in Ottawa to walk their talk with some legal protection for folks trying to help and it will save lives.
Related to this I go to many homeless drop-in sorta places in Victoria BC that still don't have kits available or staff trained in their use, and even when kits/training is available there is rarely anything like signage. A noticeable, federal/provincial/"official" program would possibly work wonders saving lives and cost little, methinks, mostly PR and media work, with tons of bleeding heart photo ops and positive press for the politicos.
I'm unlikely to respond in this thread, busy struggling to survive, but please discuss these ideas and let them inspire anyone who reads them. I'm losing friends at an alarming rate and this epidemic has to end.
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- Matt Harasimo
- August 11, 2017
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