A Utah clinic gives a gift that can save lives
The holiday season can be an especially difficult time for people struggling with depression and addiction as they are reminded of various family issues.
To make sure that patients were ready for any problems, one clinic in Utah has given an unusual gift this holiday season – Naloxone kits.
At The Odyssey House in Salt Lake, staff gave clients who are recovering from addiction to opioids, a special holiday gift that could potentially save their lives: Naloxone.
The overdose-reversing drug, that is also sold or marketed as Narcan, can be the difference between life or death for someone who overdoses.
Kate Coy, Clinical Director at Odyssey House, said for people who are recovering from addiction, the holidays are a high-risk time for relapse.
“We have to be very careful between Thanksgiving and New Year’s,” she said.
At a training on Monday night, clients were given Naloxone and a brief instruction on how to use it.
The hope is they pass it along to their loved ones, or keep it to potentially use on their peers – should they relapse and overdose.
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To read more about how Narcan is a special holiday gift in Utah, please visit KUTV.com.