Saving Lives Through the Distribution of Narcan Kits
The opioid use and overdose crisis has become persistent and tragic for individuals and families across the country. In the first three months of 2020 alone, more than 19,000 people died of a drug overdose in the United States. In the last two years, Jefferson Health - Abington’s emergency departments have seen over 4,000 patients who came for other reasons, also presenting with a substance use disorder (SUD).
Narcan (Naloxone) is a lifesaving drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid emergency. Many Jefferson Health - Abington providers and staff carry Narcan to save the lives of patients and community members who misuse opioids or accidentally ingest over the recommended prescribed amount of opioids.
“Deaths due to overdoses are preventable,” says Tiffany Delgado – Bickley, MS, program coordinator, Behavioral Health. “With the availability of the Narcan kits, we can continue our mission of not only improving lives, but saving them as well!”
In 2021, our patients presenting with an opioid use disorder may receive a Narcan kit from Jefferson Abington and Lansdale Hospitals’ emergency departments to use in an emergency. These Narcan kits were made possible by a generous donor.
What is in a Narcan kit?
Inside the blue zipped Narcan kit are:
- Two doses of Narcan nasal spray
- Instructions for using the Narcan device in both English and Spanish
- Face shield
- Rapid test strip for Fentanyl with an instruction sheet
- Travel size bottle of hand sanitizer
- Education about what to expect after administering Narcan
- Resources to help patients and families access any level of treatment for substance use disorder in the future.
Share with a Trusted Individual
“At Jefferson Health - Abington, we strongly encourage patients with an opioid use disorder to tell a trusted friend or family member,” advises Delgado – Bickley. “Many patients with an opioid use disorder are saved by other patients with opioid use disorder, family members or friends who have experience using inhaled Narcan devices.”
A patient with opioid use disorder is strongly advised to read through the contents of the Narcan kit with a trusted individual. This way, both the patient and the trusted individual will become familiar with the intranasal Narcan device and available treatment resources.
Contact your trusted Jefferson Health - Abington providers to receive more information. Jefferson Health - Abington is accepting donations to assemble additional Narcan kits. For more information on how to make a donation, visit abingtonhealth.org/WaysOfGiving.