While administration of the opioid overdose reversal drug, Narcan, is spreading like wildfire, the number of people who pursue treatment after being revived is not as high as law enforcement officials and the addiction treatment community would like to see.
Narcan Isn’t Enough
Far too many addicts are experiencing the life-saving effects of the reversal drug, only to be back out on the streets using the next day. Many addicts have been brought back only to overdose again within 24 hours. For an addict, Naloxone is not a neverending “get out of jail free” card. It should be a warning sign and an impetus to ask for help, and to make a change that will keep them from going right back to death’s door.
York Takes a New Direction
In an effort to try to encourage more addicts to seek treatment following an overdose, members of the York County Heroin Task Force, the York/Adams County Drug and Alcohol Commission and local law enforcement in York, PA, are working to start a “warm hand-off” program. Essentially, while the addict is still with police or emergency medical technicians, an advocate will be called to the scene to meet with the addicts and express a willingness and capability to work for their needs. Volunteers from the recovery community, perhaps those best suited to relate to the addict, would attempt to use the brief window of vulnerability following an overdose to encourage the addict to get help.
The estimated timeline from local officials predicts that this program will be up and running by October. For more information, click here.
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