Centura Health is the first health care system to offer the overdose antidote Naloxone directly in the hands of those at high risk of opioid overdose.
Statewide, experts predict 2020 could bring a more than 60% increase in drug-related fatalities and anticipate a potential 300% increase in overdose deaths from the opioid drug fentanyl.
Centura Health emergency departments and urgent care centers, including those operated by Mercy Regional Medical Center, now provide take-home Naloxone kits to those at high risk for an opioid overdose.
Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and can rapidly reverse an overdose. Relapse rates are estimated between 40% to 60%. Naloxone offers those struggling with opioid addiction another chance at a better life. It is 99% effective and easy for anyone to administer as a nasal spray.