Thousands of lives will be saved thanks to Ohio-based healthcare company Cardinal Health's donation of more than 80,000 doses of Narcan (naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray to first responders and law enforcement agencies across Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. As part of its Opioid Action Program
, this charitable effort is an attempt to combat the opioid catastrophe plaguing our communities.
In a press release
delivered by Cardinal Health, Chris Wilhite, assistant chief of emergency services for Jessamine County, Kentucky stated, "As part of the frontline response to the opioid crisis, first responders know the importance of Narcan in helping reverse overdoses and save lives."
This donation is announced just five days after Surgeon General Jerome Adams publicly encouraged citizens
to begin carrying overdose antidotes.
Cardinal Health's Opioid Action Program is a multi-million dollar, four-state pilot initiative launched in 2017 attempting to alleviate some of the nation's areas hit hardest by the drug crisis. In addition to providing life-saving overdose antidotes, the program offers tools and support services for prevention, treatment and recovery of those impacted by opioid epidemic. This is an important step for Cardinal Health, a company currently being sued
by the state of Ohio for contributing to the opioid crisis with prescription painkillers.
Ohio currently ranks with the 2nd highest
rate of death due to drug overdoses, and experienced a 30.8 percent increase of mortality from 2015 to 2016. Narcan Nasal Spray is the only FDA-approved nasal naloxone that does not require assembly or any specialized medical training to use.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid abuse, please contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups and community-based organizations.
For local assistance, please contact the Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force
or the The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County