NCADA Offers Public Narcan Lessons

Would you know how to give someone Narcan, or naloxone, in the event of a drug overdose?

Brett Blume
September 19, 2018 - 3:41 pm
 Narcan (naloxone) will be used to help deal with overdoses of opiates and opioids in the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) school system.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Would you know how to give someone Narcan, or naloxone, in the event of a drug overdose?

No less than the Surgeon General of the United States Vice Admiral Jerome Adams says not only should you know how - you should consider carrying Narcan with you at all times.

Helping to spread that message is the NCADA, or National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the locally based group that produced those eye-grabbing anti-drug Super Bowl ads in recent years.

It's called the MO-HOPE Project, and the man who oversees it, Brandon Costerison, says clinic director Nicole Browning is willing to make trips like the one she made to The Monocle in the Grove the other night to show people who to administer Narcan.

"Because we see that this is impacting every community across our region," he tells KMOX. "We've gone everywhere from south city out to St. Charles and Warren Counties, doing education and teaching people how to respond to an overdose."

He says the meetings with the public contain an outreach and education element.

"Business and governmental entities have requested that we come and teach either staff or just members of the broader community how to use and access naloxone and how to respond to an overdose," according to Costerison. "People also need to know about each state's nalaxone laws that they can buy it at a pharmacy without a preseciption, and that you can't get in trouble for just having naloxone."

The NCADA also teaches that Missouri's Good Samaritan law that took effect in 2017 offers legal protection for those who call for help upon witnessing an overdose.

From the MO-HOPE page on NCADA's website:

"What is Nalaxone? Naloxone is a medication that quickly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, usually within 2-5 minutes. Naloxone can be administered by intramuscular (into the muscle), subcutaneous (under the skin), or intravenous (IV) injections, or by an intranasal spray. Naloxone does not have harmful side effects, get people “high,” or reverse overdoses caused by substances other than opioids.

"Naloxone has been in use in the medical field for decades, and has become increasingly available to emergency responders and the general public.

"The mission of The Missouri Opioid-Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (MO-HOPE) Project is to reduce opioid overdose deaths in Missouri through expanded access to naloxone, overdose education, prevention, public awareness, assessment, and referral to treatment, for those at risk of experiencing  or witnessing an overdose event. The MO-HOPE Project is a partnership between the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Institute for Mental Health – University of Missouri St. Louis, and NCADA."

"Our number one goal is to save lives," Costerison says.