February 28, 2024

With fentanyl and different opioids persevering with to take a lethal toll on the nation, Santa Clara County has begun distributing Narcan, the opioid overdose-reversing nasal spray, by mail to residents freed from cost.

Narcan, additionally identified by its generic title naloxone, was authorised by the FDA final yr to be used with out a prescription and has turn into a preferred instrument for native governments and colleges seeking to curb the variety of opioid overdoses. However the life-saving medication comes with a hefty price ticket with out of pocket prices starting from $70 to $150.

Santa Clara County has already stocked free Narcan in a number of of its libraries, making the mail-order effort simply the newest initiative to fight the opioid disaster.

Anjanette DeVito, the nurse supervisor for the county’s habit medication and remedy packages, mentioned that since Dec. 1, the county has fulfilled practically 60 requests — or 120 kits — of Narcan. Residents fascinated with acquiring Narcan can contact the county at 408-272-6055 or [email protected], and the county will ship the nasal spray out inside 24 hours.

DeVito mentioned the mail order Narcan isn’t simply one other option to get the medication in additional individuals’s arms — however a option to prepare them easy methods to use it, as nicely.

“For somebody who doesn’t have the time through the work day this was one other avenue to make the remedy or the coaching out there,” she mentioned. “After we obtain an e-mail or cellphone name that somebody is fascinated with our mail order program we offer them with the producers coaching video via e-mail hyperlink and a QR code each via the e-mail and likewise on the field.”

Supervisor Cindy Chavez mentioned including a mail order program was the logical subsequent step as many residents are already used to getting their prescriptions or COVID-19 exams within the mail.

In her conversations with residents, she’s realized that not everybody feels snug choosing up Narcan at their native library out of worry that others would possibly suppose they’re a drug person themselves.

“Even when they’re not drug customers, they’re round people who find themselves and so quite a lot of the parents who’re requesting this aren’t utilizing medication themselves however have associates or household who do,” Chavez mentioned. “Being any individual who’s accountable, simply desirous to be prepared similar to you’ll take a CPR class, that’s how we’re desirous to make it really feel.”

With fentanyl killing a file variety of Californians in 2022, the state lately has ratcheted up efforts to struggle the opioid disaster with a slate of latest legal guidelines.

A brand new legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom final yr requires public and constitution colleges to create security plans about how they’d deal with a pupil having an opioid overdose on campus. Neighborhood faculties and state universities now have to offer fentanyl check strips to college students, as nicely.

Santa Clara County additionally offers free in-person trainings and Narcan at a number of county clinics. For extra data go to www.sccgov.org/sccoopp.