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Delray Beach Police Now Carry Naloxone, The Heroin Overdose Antidote

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, starts a new chapter in Delray Beach, Florida for the prevention of drug overdose deaths. The Delray Police Department has officially announced that their police officers will now be carrying naloxone, the heroin overdose antidote. They are the first police department to do this in Palm Beach County, FL according to the Palm Beach Post.

Why Is Naloxone Important?

The Delray Beach Fire Rescue, who normally administers the drug to overdose (OD) patients, had used naloxone on a total of 341 people from January 2014 to October 2015. Each supervisor on duty will now carry the naloxone nasal spray with them.

Right now first responders like EMT’s and police officers are the only ones allowed to carry and administer the naloxone without a prescription in Florida. Many Floridians are frustrated with this fact because the state has become known for hosting many addicts and alcoholics in and out of recovery due to the large volume of treatment programs offered. The good news is that if you are a caregiver or you are someone who may come in close contact with someone who abuses drugs and is a risk of overdosing, you can obtain a prescription through a physician.

Drug Overdose Prevention

Naloxone is also becoming rapidly available in 35 states across the U.S., including Washington, D.C., without a prescription and can be obtained at your local Walgreens or CVS. However, the fact that Florida is taking so long to join the overdose prevention movement is interesting, since heroin deaths in the state have risen from 48 in 2010 to a whopping 447 in 2014, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times. Hopefully, the trend of offering naloxone at your local drug store without a prescription becomes an example for the entire nation so we can help prevent unnecessary deaths from the heroin epidemic that is plaguing our country.

Did you know?

Drug overdose deaths in America are the leading cause of accidental deaths. An estimated 47,055 people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2014. About 10,000 of those deaths were heroin related, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Talk to your doctor today about how you can obtain naloxone and help save a life! Learn more about naloxone here: Get Naloxone Now.

You can also prevent a drug overdose death by getting you or your loved one treatment for addiction. Contact The Watershed today for more information on how you can recover from drug abuse. We have been helping make recovery a reality since 1998. Call now at 1-800-861-1768!

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