Carry Narcan. Save a Life.
Community members are encouraged to help distribute posters and info about where to obtain Narcan, the anti-overdose drug
Vancouver, Washington – Southwest Washington organizations are teaming up to launch a grassroots campaign promoting the benefits and availability of Narcan (naloxone), a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose. The goal is to save lives.
Several free, downloadable posters highlight locations where community members can obtain Narcan, including:
— PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Pharmacy
— Albertsons/Safeway Pharmacies
— Fred Meyer Pharmacies
— Walmart Pharmacies
Community members are encouraged to post and share the posters widely.
Download the posters here (zip file)
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams recently released an advisory on naloxone and opioid overdose. He explained that “for patients currently taking high doses of opioids as prescribed for pain, individuals misusing prescription opioids, individuals using illicit opioids such as heroin or fentanyl, health care practitioners, family and friends of people who have an opioid use disorder, and community members who come into contact with people at risk for opioid overdose, knowing how to use naloxone (the generic name for Narcan) and keeping it within reach can save a life.”
Since 2006, an estimated 5,600 deaths have occurred in Washington State due to prescription opiates. Narcan is available at various Southwest Washington pharmacies. In some cases, a doctor’s prescription is not required. However, community members may not know how and where to access this life-saving resource.
The free, easily printable posters provide a list of pharmacies and encourage community members to “save a life” by carrying narcan. They are available for download at www.southwestach.com/linkhere. The organizations behind the campaign are asking community members to print and distribute the posters widely.
The opioid crisis is taking a significant toll on our community,” said Eric McNair Scott, VP of prevention and program alignment, SWACH. “Narcan is an essential tool in the effort to prevent opioid-related deaths, but community members need to know where to get it and how to use it. Our goal with this poster campaign to save lives and help people stay alive so that they can reach recovery.”
The campaign is the result of collaboration between Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health (SWACH), PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Clark County Public Health and Lifeline Connections.
For more information, contact:
Jack Coleman, Communications Director