TUSCUMBIA – Jimmy Looney said there is nothing more helpless than being on the scene of an overdose and doing nothing but waiting for an ambulance.
"You know you have an overdose, you see all the signs, and there's nothing you can do other than wait," said Looney, commander of the East Colbert Rescue Squad.
According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, more than 100 people die of opioid overdoses every day
The same study showed that there were 282 opioid overdose deaths in Alabama in 201
"We're seeing more and more of it," Looney said about the drug problem [169,059,003] State Senator Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, and the Alabama Department of Public Health, the State Emergency Management, and the State Board of Pharmacy have a statewide one Program launched to provide first responders with a tool that can save the lives of anyone who has taken an opioid overdose.
"We have kits that will have this emergency personnel who can save someone's life," said Dial, the former chairman of the Senate Health Committee
Narcan's two autoinjectors (Naloxone), which was used in 1971 approved for opioid overdoses. Health workers said Narcan can reverse the effects of overdose and restore breathing. [Wednesday] Wednesday morning, Dial and State Department of Public Health representatives visited the Northwest Shoals Community College. Meet first responders in the area and train them on how to use the Narcan kits.
Dial said he meddled in the program when he learned of Kaleo Pharmaceuticals who gave the Virginia Narcan kits crisis we have in our nation and in our state with opioid addiction and overdose, so I called that Company, "said Dial." We've distributed 25,000 kits across the state.
"We met first responders and distributed kits on May 2, and we plan to end May 23."
Opioids are a class of drugs that include illegal heroin heroin, synthetic opioids Fentanyl and painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine and others that are subject to prescription.
In case of abuse, opioid analgesics may be the result of overdoses of incidents and deaths.
The Narcan kits contain three autoinjectors – one for training and two "living" ones.
"There are two that are complete," said Jamie Gray from the Alabama Department of Public Health Emergencies. "They are used exactly like an epi-pen."
After seeing a short video about the kits, Gray then demonstrated for himself how easy it is to use the auto-injector.
"You put it on the outer thigh of the patient, push it down, you hear a click, and then hold for five seconds," he said.
He said that if a patient does not respond within 2 to 3 minutes, the first responder should have the second car-
Gray said the auto-injector was "only for an opioid overdose," but if the overdose was not from the opioid "It does not hurt the patient"
said Jamey Durham of the State Department of Public Health The kits have already saved a life.
"We spent kits two weeks ago and one was used Tuesday night and it worked, it saved the person's life," said Durham. "That's what this is about."