PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – Naloxone Kits Announcement

A growing number of Blood Tribe members are sharing their concerns about the prescription and illegal drug abuse problem. The public’s help is needed to eliminate this crisis. Beginning on March 3, 2015, a series of meetings will be held in Moses Lake, Leverne and Stand Off to introduce Naloxone, a medication used by trained individuals to help someone who is having an overdose.

The location, date and time for each community is as follows:

Leverne (Community Hall)

March 3rd @ 1:00 p.m.

Moses Lake (Moses Lake Gym)

March 4th @ 1:00 p.m.

Stand Off (Multipurpose Building)

March 5th @ 1:00 p.m.

Naloxone (also called Narcan), if given in time, may stop death due to opioid overdose. Opioids are medications that relieve pain. They are also called painkillers. Opioid examples are Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Percocet, Vicodin, Morphine and Codeine. Your body can become addicted to opioids quickly. There are symptoms Opioids create that include slowing down the body’s functions and can stop breathing. Naloxone can help someone breathe again.

Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; the medication doesn’t work on other drugs. You can’t get high from it and it is safe for nearly everyone.

Information will be distributed about Naloxone and overdose prevention. Naloxone kits and the training to use it will soon be available for families and Blood Tribe health service providers. You can help your community by knowing what to do in an overdose situation. It would be beneficial to come out to learn about this new program.

A hot meal and refreshments will be available. The community gatherings are sponsored by the Blood Tribe Chief & Council. You are all encouraged to attend.

In the short term, you can learn more about opioid overdose prevention by watching these 2 videos:

http://youtu.be/nYnTzI6sfs8

http://projectlazarus.org/patients-families/videos

For more information, please contact:

Rick Tailfeathers

(403) 308-0760

Blood Tribe Communications & Public Relations

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