Administration of drug could save lives from overdose.
In 2013, 40,000 overdoses occurred in North Carolina, 1,000 of which were accounted for in Macon County resulting in six deaths. That number may soon decrease as the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition is working to distribute naloxone or Narcan, to law enforcement and other interested agencies across the state.
Robert Childs, head of the NC Harm Reduction Coalition, spoke to law enforcement, emergency personnel and other organization Monday morning about naloxone, a drug that dramatically reverses the effects of opiates. The drug that is available to the public comes in three forms: a needle to be filled with the medication, a preloaded component, or a nasal spray.