A powerful antidote called naloxone, or narcan, is gaining popularity in communities across the country because of its ability to reverse opioid-related drug overdoses.
Fusion Live’s Pedro Andrade had an opportunity to visit a harm reduction center in the Bronx where people are trained to administer the drug. He spoke with the director, Ed Manchess, about the importance of making naloxone accessible to everyone.
“We train the community. We’ll train anyone that wants to be trained. Because we know if more members of the community are armed with these naloxone kits, then more lives are going to be saved,” said Manchess.
The drug — safe, non-addictive, and inexpensive — can easily be given by muscular injection or with a nasal spray. Drug overdose related deaths are the leading cause of accidental fatalities in the nation.
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