With the rise of fentanyl-laced drugs thought to be safe, the life you save could be closer to home than you think.
In This Episode:
- 01:21 – Recipe: Butternut Macaroni and Cheese
- 08:09 – The Life of Dolores Alexander, Feminist Journalist and Activist
- 12:44 – Save a Life: Consider Carrying Naloxone
- 39:29 – Dementia Eyes
- 42:40 – Outro
Drug overdose deaths reached another record level in the United States this spring, data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, as 2023 is on track to be another devastating year amid the drug epidemic. More than 111,000 people died from a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending in April. We discuss how naloxone can save the life of someone who has overdosed, and how empathy and education can help turn the tide and save a life.
So Many Opioid Deaths
Many of the overdose deaths have been driven by the trend to lace fentanyl in drugs for a bigger kick. Even marijuana can be spiked with a deadly dose of fentanyl.
With a prescription-drug opioid crisis, Mexican cartels have stepped up with fake pills that are often laced with fentanyl sourced from China.
The DEA Laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed, seven out of ten now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. Fentanyl is so powerful, even the amount that can fit in the tip of a pencil can be deadly.
Naloxone Saves Lives
We talk about perceived barriers to helping someone who has overdosed. Some may feel hesitancy due to the stigma: “they got themselves there.” Many medical emergencies such as a heart attack are downstream of life choices such as smoking, overweight, poor diet, but we train to help with CPR.
With empathy we realize substance use disorder is often downstream of trauma, chronic pain, and toxic stress, not to mention the first-time or casual users who get “bad” drugs.
Others might be afraid of consequences in helping. All but Kansas and Wyoming enacted statutes that provide criminal and civil liability protections to both first responders and laypersons who administer naloxone.
We also talk about safety considerations before and after administering the dose.
How to Use Naloxone
Here’s a quick video on how to use the nasal spray and put the unconscious person into a recovery position (as Marianne mentioned).
Where to Get Naloxone
We have some great resources for you! Next Distro has where you can get doses in your state as well as other resources.
- Products – Vital Statistics Rapid Release – Provisional Drug Overdose Data (cdc.gov)
- Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On? (drugabuse.com)
- Fentanyl-Laced Coke and Meth Is Not Fuelling America’s Overdose Crisis (vice.com)
- DEA – One Pill Can Kill
- DEA – Public Safety Alert
- CDC – Lifesaving Naloxone
- Recognizing Opioid Overdose – National Harm Reduction Coalition
- PDAPS – Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Laws
- Heroin Overdose | Signs, Symptoms, & Risks of Heroin Abuse (drugabuse.com)
- FAQ — NEXT Distro
- Training and ordering of Naloxone: Harm Reduction Resources Near You | National Harm Reduction Coalition
Overlooked No More
We continue our series from New York times of overlooked obituaries, this time featuring Dolores Alexander, Feminist Journalist and Activist.
Greg has been journaling about his experience with his wife living with Alzheimer’s, now receiving hospice support. He talks about the heartbreak of the blank stare as the disease progresses. “My beautiful girlfriend has blue eyes, gorgeous, blue eyes. But I can see through them.”
Recipe of the Week
Macaroni and cheese is always a favorite, but if you need to put a fall twist on it, how about a butternut squash base? The cubes are roasted then pureed with chicken broth. Sound good? Head to Southern Living for the full recipe!
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