The scenario Adams faced recently at her friend’s house was her first time administering naloxone herself – after 18 months of volunteering and then working for the coalition.
Until that moment she had helped thousands of naloxone kits get into the hands of users and their peers.
That means the 500 reversals in her area have overwhelmingly been achieved by other addicts.
‘Drug users are … the heroes in this situation’ Adams says.
‘They’re stepping up and saving each other’.
Wheeler – who also directs a coalition focused on overdose prevention in San Francisco – said research has shown that ‘peers distributing to other drug users … is what works’ to prevent deaths from opioid overdoses.
‘I don’t know of any other state that’s doing widespread peer distribution networks like North Carolina’ she added.
Robert Childs – executive director of NCHRC – says his staff of five currently works with 185 volunteers across the state – most of whom are former or current users.
(ed:..will authorities here consider this life-saving drug for our addicts..?
..will they hell..!
..i dunno if it is moralistic-judgement/damnation that drives our ‘leaders’ to insist our addicts be punished for life – with the only treatment for junkies in nz being punishing them for their moral-failures by getting them hooked on the even more addictive drug – methadone…
..it sure as hell isn’t logic..
..’cos the thing is with junkies – is that if they don’t die from overdose (c.f. naloxone) then by their mid-thirties they are usually sick of the lifestyle..and stop..
..but not those who have been ‘helped’/treated by getting them addicted to methadone..
..that sucker is a life-sentence for most..(it being harder to kick than heroin is..)
..now..just ponder that fact for a moment…we treat (usually transitory) heroin-addiction..by getting those heroin-users addicted to a much worse drug..
..how is that not fucken barking-mad..?..
..and how is this not yet another example of our ‘barking-mad’ drug-laws..
..all presided over by that mad-hatter/tobacco-alcohol-pimp peter dunne..
..whose main claim to fame is the disasterous legal-highs he (for some reason) foisted on us.
..the man is an idiot – and our drug-laws are beyond idiotic..
..we have got pretty much everything the wrong way around..
..and preventing (accidental – they usually are) addict-deaths by handing out this proven life-saver naxolone..?..
..not mad-hatter enough..)