Brotherly Love Now Means Carrying Narcan
As the opioid crisis in Philadelphia shows no signs of easing, officials now are urging residents to carry life-saving doses of Narcan with them.
As reported by The Inquirer, the city’s health department announced a new ad campaign showcasing how easy naloxone is to use and urging residents to obtain it.
“There is nothing more important or more rewarding than saving another human’s life and now it is easier than it has ever been to do that,” said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.
He said he understands people might feel hesitant about using the antidote, but it is actually very simple to administer.
“If a loved one uses opioids, carrying naloxone can save them,” Yates said. “It’s safe, it’s effective and it’s easy to use.”
The city has a standing order at all pharmacies so anyone can obtain naloxone without a prescription.
Philadelphia has the highest opioid death rate of any large U.S. city. More than 1,200 people fatally overdosed in Philadelphia in 2017.
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