SMC Donates Opiate Antidote

(PUEBLO, COLO.) Amid the nations growing opioid crisis, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has donated 86 doses of the life-saving anti-overdose drug Naloxone to the Pueblo County Sheriffs Office. While local police officers have been carrying the drug since June, sheriffs deputies covering Pueblo Countys 24,000 square miles will now begin carrying the nasal spray version of the drug more commonly referred to as Narcan. The partnership will also provide 50 additional doses to the Pueblo Police Department to provide for new officers and replacement doses.

In opioid overdose emergencies, recognizing symptoms and taking prompt action is critical to potentially saving a life. Though its no substitute for emergency medical care, it can begin the treatment process and help reverse effects of opioid overdose and prevent death including severe respiratory depression and death caused from substances including heroin and prescription pain pills like Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, Methadone and Vicodin.

The opioid crisis is a national problem and this partnership allows us to come together as a local community to provide greater coverage across Pueblo County to address a significant health issue, giving these struggling individuals another chance at life, said Brian Moore, president and chief executive officer, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center.

Funding to put the life-saving opiate antidote in the hands of every patrol sheriffs deputy was made possible by the St. Mary-Corwin Health Foundation and St. Mary-Corwin Trauma Services. In addition, sheriffs deputies will be participating in the necessary training to administer the antidote prior to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team arriving to recognize signs and symptoms of opioid overdose since they are often times first on scene.

"Knowing we have the opportunity to save someone can make all the difference when it comes to responding to individuals who have overdosed on opioids," said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. Having a partner in St. Mary-Corwin is critical for the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Partnering to arm first responders with the opiate antidote is the latest demonstration of collaboration among local organizations. Community leaders continue to collaborate to identify a comprehensive solution that includes reductions in inappropriate opioid prescribing, increased access to evidence-based treatment and the de-stigmatization of addiction to create necessary large-scale, lasting change.

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