Over 250 drug-related deaths occur every day in the United States, and the opioid epidemic continues to be a major public health concern. However, there is hope for saving lives with the use of Naloxone, a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses.
“We all have a moral obligation to be prepared to administer naloxone in the event of an overdose. Our goal in offering this video is to prepare anyone who wants to save a life. Watching this video will help you feel comfortable with administering naloxone in an emergency. The risk of being unprepared in the event of an opioid overdose can result in loss of life. The risk of giving naloxone when it may not be needed with an unresponsive individual is negligible,” shared Carrie Sorenson, PharmD, Great Plains Quality Improvement Advisor.
To help educate the public on how to administer Naloxone, a training video has been created for anyone who is interested in learning more. The video covers the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, different administration techniques, and Good Samaritan Laws in North Dakota and South Dakota.
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Episode 7 – The Truth About Opioids: Opioids are medications prescribed by providers to treat persistent or severe pain. More than two million Americans misuse opioids and more than 90 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. Who is impacted and what can you or your community do to help reduce opioid misuse? Take a few minutes to listen and learn more.