Overdose Lifeline Organization Provides Anti-Overdose Training, Kits
Yesterday, an organization (Overdose Lifeline, Inc.) held an Overdose Awareness Day event at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to the organization’s website About page:
“Overdose Lifeline is an Indiana non-profit organization with a mission to carry the message of HOPE to individuals, families, and communities affected by the disease of addiction / substance use.”
The Sunday event was intended to recognize lost lives, as well as educate and train family members, friends, and others to save loved ones from life-threatening drug overdoses.
Also, back in April, Overdose LIfeline (ODL) offered training and dozens of anti-overdose naloxone (Narcan) kits to the Seymour Police Department, made possible by funding from the Indiana Attorney General.
Furthermore, today others outside of law enforcement are being offered training on the proper administration of Narcan, a drug used to save the life of someone overdosing on an opioid. Community training sessions are being held, and free Narcan kits are being provided.
Today’s training is at the Brooklyn Pizza restaurant on West Second Street, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ODL says that these public sessions were organized after 13 persons overdosed in a single evening, including one fatality.
Overdose Lifeline founder, Justin Phillips:
“This is a chronic disease and until we start talking about it more, we won’t be able to end it.”
Indiana and “Aaron’s Law”
Aaron’s Law was signed into effect last year. It permits access to to the life-saving drug Naloxone (Narcan) to opioid users and their families.
The law was created in memory of ODL founder Justin Phillips’s son.
“Knowing that we are saving lives and making differences. We have a young man here today who actually used his kit that we trained him with in the parking lot of a gas station and saved someone’s life. That keeps me going because I know we are saving lives.”
However, Indiana law requires persons who administer Narcan to another to call 911. While Narcan has saved countless lives, it can’t save them all. In some cases. the drug may be administered too late, or the victim may have ingested too much of the substance to be reversed.
To date, Narcan has saved thousands of lives from the life-threatening respiratory effects of an opioid overdose.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology