Life Saving Medication for Opioid Overdoses Mounted on walls of The Hope Center
A non-profit and social services organization have banded together mounting life saving medicine for addicts having an overdose
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Special kits with the opioid overdose reversal drug ‘Narcan’ have been installed at Hope Center locations in Lexington thanks to a partnership with the non-profit ‘Voices of Hope.’
These small life saving red boxes are called opioid emergency kits. Inside each one are two four milligram doses of Narcan nasal spray, harmless to those who aren’t overdosing but life saving to someone who has overdosed on opioids. The Hope Center says prior to the installment, all staff had boxes of narcan in their offices in case of an overdose on campus
Managers believe that these kits could be difference makers because timing is everything
“Hopefully we don’t have to use these kits but we want to have them in place..So that if the occasion arose..we could keep someone alive while..we had paramedics come in,” explains Katie Vogel with The Hope Center.
David Brumettt knows firsthand how addiction can consume a person’s life. At age 35 he was introduced to opioids. Shortly after he became addicted after he separated from his wife of 15 years and children. Brumett says it all went downhill from there. He had lost his job, close relationships and was living in his car, until something clicked one day.
“On that day I woke up and decided I wanted something different,”
From there David went through The Hope Center’s 12-step program. After a few months of support and coaching, he eventually graduated. He now works for ‘Voices of Hope’ that helped provide the nasal sprays to the very place that helped give him a second chance, The Hope Center. However, Brumett says he’s not convinced the work is done. Ultimately he’d like to see more of these nasal sprays mounted around Lexington, providing anyone with the means to help save a life.
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