"We lose sight of the fact that the presciption opioids are just as addictive as heroin"
-thomas frieden, center of disease control director
Cities around the US have responded to the drug abuse epidemic by providing police departments/first-responders with the heroin/opiate overdose antidote, Naloxone (Narcan). In 2009, the Quincy, MA Police Department lead the Narcan movement by training & providing their forces with Narcan in a historic case study - reversing over 400 overdoses since.
Although heroin/opiate overdoses are not as common in the Central Valley, the numbers are on the rise and they project a disturbing trend. In Stanislaus County, prescribed opiate overdoses in 2015 (50) were nearly twice that of heroin (26)*. The rest of the valley show similar trends. Fresno County, one of the largest counties in California, is experiencing record numbers of opiate/heroin related overdoses.
ValleyNARCAN is dedicated to teaching the public the facts about heroin/opiate overdose and the benefits of increased access of Narcan to our police departments and high schools. Our police are most often the first personnel to respond to the scene of an overdose, so let's give them the resources to save lives - not watch them perish. Let's give our teachers and school administrators the antidote that could potentially save your child. Ask yourself, "How many have to die?".
Let's not let this valley's overdose rates grow any higher than they already are. Let's follow the success of the Quincy Police Department and give the fallen a second chance. To learn more about Narcan, click here. To find support groups/hotlines in Stanislaus, click here. To join the movement and make a difference in the Central Valley, sign the petition through Change.org below.
Thanks to all of you for the continued support and encouragement.
Ruth McLeod-Kearns, Author | Alexander McLeod, Editor
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972 children under the age of 12 were treated for drug and alcohol abuse by Fresno County contracted providers between 07/2015-07/2016.
-Fresno County of Behavioral Health
Adapt Pharma, the maker of Narcan, announced in 2016 that it was offering every high school in America free Narcan Kits.
These Are the Central Valley High Schools that declined this offer:
Fresno High School, Fresno, CA
Ceres High School, Ceres CA
John H PItman High School, Turlock, CA
Turlock High School, Turlock, CA
-updated on 1/28/17, will continue updating normally.