Community members gathered at Johnson Funeral Home in Richlands this week to learn how to use overdose medication Naloxone (commonly referred to as Narcan) in reviving those who overdose from opioids.
The Tuesday night event was hosted by Sneads Ferry's Heroin Opiate Prevention Education (HOPE), an organization that provides awareness, education and treatment options for opioid abusers, according to founders Cindy Pattane and Vanessa Sapp. Pattane and Sapp have both lost sons to the epidemic.
Guest speaker Courtney Weyer, 27, spoke about her own experiences with addiction, Narcan and almost losing a son.
“During my — crisis is what I’m going to call it, because that’s what it was — I overdosed twice,” Weyer said. One of those times, she was pregnant with her son. “It saved not only me, but it saved my son.”
Community Paramedic Coordinator for Onslow County Christopher Dudley explained and demonstrated how to administer the opioid receptor-blocking drug Narcan in three different ways. The cheapest method, and the method that was later distributed to all those in attendance, was the needle. Nasal and insulin-like injectors were also shown. Dudley explained that the Narcan health officials are equipped with is funded by a $80,000 Kate. B. Reynolds grant. He also stressed that administering Narcan is a last resort.
It is a sentiment echoed by Weyer, Sapp and Pattane.
“In my heart I truly believe that the way to get this epidemic under control is prevention,” Pattane said.
Lisa Asbury, of Swansboro, attended the workshop because her daughter is struggling from a heroin addiction.
“I do plan on participating in more of the awareness programs,” Asbury said. “This is an epidemic that is affecting everybody.”
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