SAFD: 2,000+ documented doses of Narcan administered to patients in San Antonio last year
SAN ANTONIO - Opioid overdoses are on the rise. A medicine that works to reverse opioid drug overdoses is also in high demand.
According to Dr. David Miramontes, with the UT Health San Antonio/SAFD, there were 2089 individual patient encounters where naloxone was administered by SAFD Fire-EMS personnel in Calendar year 2016.
Here is the break down:
• 114 individuals had at least two encounters with EMS where naloxone was given
• 12 patients had 3 EMS encounters where naloxone was given, 5 patients were treated 4 times, and the patient with the most patient encounter was treated by SAFD 8 individual times and was given naloxone each time
• Only 58% of patients treated with naloxone were transported to the hospital
• This costs $36.21 per dose
Doctors say the number of doses of Narcan given out last year amounts to about 10 people per day in our area.
They say it is an absolute epidemic which is why first responders also carry it.
Narcan comes in three forms.
A nasal spray, an auto injector, and the traditional injection method.
Doctors say during this time of year they see an increase of people abusing painkillers and heroin.
CDC data shows in 2015, more than 50,000 people nationwide died from drug abuse.
“We are hearing a lot more about it because it used to be people who overdosed, died. Now they overdose and they are getting Narcan. When it says on the bottle do not mix with alcohol there's a reason for that. And it's something that people need to be aware of,” says Greg Hannley, CEO Soba Recovery Center.
According to the CDC, every day over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing for misusing prescription opioids.
“I always tell parents drug test your kids. Go to CVS or go to a drug store and get a drug test kit and see if they have gotten addicted to pills because most parents I meet...don't know it until it is too late,” adds Hannley.
The CDC found in 2014, almost 2M Americans abused or became dependent on prescription opioids.
Narcan is available at some stores without a prescription.
In 2015 Texas passed a bill allowing the anti-overdose drug to be available.
Here are some useful links to learn more about opioid overdoses.