HUDSON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A lifesaving drug will soon be sold over the counter, and people in Hudson were taught how to use NARCAN on Thursday.
New York State has partnered with hundreds of CVS pharmacies to offer Naloxone, or NARCAN, to customers without a prescription. The antidote reverses the effects of heroin and other powerful painkillers.
The state health commissioner hopes the agreement will save lives and get drug users on the road to recovery. The cost to purchase NARCAN over the counter has not been revealed, but in other states, the antidote sells for at least $20 a dose.
On Thursday, people in Hudson were taught how to administer the drug.
David Lyons is a recovering addict. He was at the training.
“I’ve actually been NARCAN’d before,” he said. “You never know; you really never know. You could be driving down the street and someone could need it. That’s what happened to me. I was left by people, and someone was driving down the street and stopped and then got someone else who had this kit and administered it to me before EMS was able to show up.”
Lyons said it is now time for him to pay it forward, which is why he learned how to administer the antidote.
“I’ve never actually used a kit before, but now I feel confident if a situation were to arise, I’d be able to use it,” he said. “I like to think that maybe I was given a chance to live in order to give someone else a chance to live.”
Lyons and a few dozen others filed into the Twin County Recovery Services Center to sit through a training that gives them a two-year certificate and a NARCAN kit.
“This is important,” recovering addict Richard Laforge said.
Laforge also knows people who have overdosed, and he wants to be prepared for the worst.
“I appreciate the value of life, so the only thing I can suggest is try to live; don’t try to die,” he said.
But Ed Fox, Project Safe Point Coordinator, cautions people who have the NARCAN kits. It only works for a short window so getting medical attention is crucial.
“It lasts 30 to 90 minutes and then the person can slip back into overdose, and it’s important that people understand that,” he said. “This is not a get out of jail free card. This is designed to get the person to the emergency room. This is what this is for.”
Fox says to not be afraid to use a second dose if it’s needed because it won’t harm the person. Two doses are provided in the kit.
Project Safe Point said if you want a kit, you can call them at (518) 449-3581 and they will provide training for you to receive the kit.
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