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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What Are Your Thoughts On Narcan?

September 2, 2015

Good morning.  Well, Pogo made sure that I got up early this morning.  There would be no sleeping in late for this mama.  Shortly after 6 a.m. he started letting it be known that he was hungry and wanted his breakfast.  First he barked at me, and when I ignored him he went out to the pantry to bark at anyone who might be out in the house.  Obviously, this got me up quickly.

On the news this morning, they have been talking about "jailbreaking" your iPhone, and the consequences.  I had to look this up on Google to find out what it is all about.  It's not illegal to do this, but it voids your phone's warranty and makes it easy for hackers to take over your information and use your data service.  If you have an iPhone, you might want to read up on this before trying it.

One of the headlines in last evening's newspaper reads "Victory in fight against fatal ODs."   Of course this caught my eye, because this particular subject is a burr in my cap.  The sub-title to the article is "Drugmaker helps Mass. pay cost of naloxone."

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals will pay the state $325,000 to help bring down the soaring cost of its nasal-spray form of naloxone (NARCAN)  that an increasing number of police and fire departments are carrying.  The price of a single dose of naloxone started out at $22, and last year that price had risen to $65 a dose. (info being copied from newspaper article)   I think it's shameful to be charging communities this huge price (which keeps increasing).

It seems like a lot of money, but it will not bring down the cost of this drug to us, the taxpayers.  Instead, it will enable the state to buy more of the drug so that more officers can carry it.   The article goes on to say "the payment will definitely help save lives and give the individuals that overdosed an opportunity to re-evaluate their lives and hopefully get into treatment." 

Note that the key words here are "an opportunity to re-evaluate."   A lot of addicts have been given several "opportunities" and it has not kept them from going back to the drugs.  Were any of the offenders sent to mandatory treatment programs?  And made to pay for these programs themselves?

 All the figures being used to show why this drug is so important are passé.  This is 2015.  The article posted figures and statistics from the years 2010 - 2013.  Why aren't we using current figures - say 2013 to 2015?   These figures are available. 

Also, how can they say that so many  lives are being saved?  There is not one figure showing how many addicts actually successfully went through treatment after being given Narcan.   I haven't heard of any of these success stories.  I have heard about addicts who were given a second (or more) chance, and then went right back to their drugs.  So tell me, where is the victory?

Just so you understand, I'm not against anything that will help get folks off drugs.  But to date, there have been no figures to prove that we are making any headway.   Instead, I've seen how addicts have been given an opportunity to keep using their drugs, knowing that we will rush in with Narcan, and save them from killing themselves.   Do any of you know of a success story?  One where the person actually got off the drugs?  Gosh, I hope so.  I could use some good news.

Enough!!  How about another freebie QP?   I couldn't help using  Kyra's beautiful kit "Seaside Sunset."   I would love to live near the ocean so that I could look out my window and see the sun set and the moon rise over the water.  I also used a gorgeous frame from Image Resources.  I hope you can use this.


Here is your download link:
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Before I leave I also want to share a really cute tee shirt that I found on the web.  Gosh, it suits me and a whole lot of my friends to a "T."


Now I'm going to make a hot cup of coffee and do a bit of catching up with my morning blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

5 comments:

Garla Reed said...

Hi Edna,
What a gorgeous quick page. It is just beautiful. I will have to see Kyra's kit because I do not think that I have seen that particular one.
I went out to the hospital yesterday. I have been having such burning and cramps in my stomach. My stomach lining is eroding and inflamed so they gave me some meds to help coat my stomach. I have to see a GI doctor as well. We finally came home and I went to bed soon after.
I am not sure that I have heard of the drug that you are talking about Edna, but the price of it is ridiculous. I will have to read up on it and see what it is about.
I haven't seen my kitty in 3 days. I put food out and it is gone the next morning so perhaps she is just hanging out some where else for now. I hope that nothing has happened to her.
Time for a quick lie down. I got up early this morning so I need to rest a bit... Hugs frome Beth and Cisco to you and Pogo.

seamhead gypsy said...

Back in the day when I wore the uniform, chased bad guys, and was a crime fighter I never carried Narcan. In fact I never even heard of it until I read your post this evening. So I fortunately I don't have an answer to your question.

But I will tell you this, it seemed like the same bad guys were the ones getting arrested over and over when it came to drug offenses. Didn't matter if they were using or dealing the pattern rarely changed.

Stacey said...

thank you so much for the beautiful page! I love it! I do know one drug success story. My cousin. She was addicted to Ice or rock cocaine. Don't know too much about it only what i've seen on drug documentaries. I do know she was addicted and living on the streets in Hawaii. My aunt had to adopt her kids to keep them out of CPS and beind put in foster homes. She even stole her mother's jewelry to sell for drugs and was in and out of jail. She finally hit rock bottom and after several times of trying, has now been drug free for almost 20yrs. She became a rehab counseler, that is much sought after in Hawaii, because you can't lie to her, she knows every lie that a user tells themselves and others, cause she lived it for years. She is compassionate, but tough. So I know it's possible, but not without alot of hardwork, and wanting to quit. the problem is too many just don't want to.

Mat's Merry Memoirs said...

Good Morning Y'all!
Hope your day has started out well, I have been baking...(don't do it too often because too hot to use the oven)! But I wanted to make some corn muffins and some strawberry muffins...so I cranked up the AC and the oven and now all is cooling back down to tolerable...LOL!
Thanks for the lovely page I am sure I can find a use for it with all the kiddos I have been scrapping! All my fur kids are napping in a nice sunny spot...they make me feel so lazy! ROFL! (I can use that excuse, right?)
I hope you and Pogo have a fabulous day and enjoy the last weekend of summer...NOT here, summer lasts until middle of October...but we can dream about it!
Anyhow, thanks again for the page and guess I will go "visiting" for a bit before I take a nap! Hugs, Mat

Linda said...

Hello and Thank you Edna for this lovely QP...