GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Franklin County is still fighting the battle against drugs and now reinforcement is available. 22News found out about a drug that some say could help save lives.
Narcan is now available at Tapestry Health Services in Greenfield. It’s another attempt at decreasing substance abuse in the area.
Franklin County is battling, what some call, a drug epidemic. Conferences and weekly meetings have gotten health professionals, law enforcement and residents together to discuss getting drugs out of Franklin County.
Eliminating drugs completely may be a difficult task, but a small nasal spray is now available that will help reduce the number of overdoses.
Liz Whynott of Tapestry Health told 22News how the drug works. “There are three parts. You put it together and then spray it up the person’s nose. It takes an average of 3 minutes to bring them out of an overdose. It’s very easy to use, very easy to administer and no potential of abuse.”
Narcan is available for free at participating tapestry health locations. You must be at least 18 years old to receive a narcan kit and must complete a training first. The training lasts approximately 30 minutes and consists of how to prevent and recognize an opioid overdose and what to do if you see one happen.
Despite the training, one resident told 22News, having Narcan on hand could be very beneficial. Donna Ryder said, “I do believe it’s a good idea for people who have loved ones that are addicted to be able to save them. We have an epidemic going on. They’re dropping like flies.”
Tapestry Health has been a part of the Narcan pilot program since 2008 and has already enrolled more than 2500 patients. There have been more than 300 reports of narcan being used to reverse an overdose.
Narcan kits are currently in ambulances. Greenfield police and fire departments are working on getting their departments enrolled in the program as well.