BFHD launches new Naloxone website

By on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

KENNEWICK – In an effort to encourage community members to carry Naloxone and be prepared to save a life, the Benton-Franklin Health District has launched The website makes it easier for the public to access local resources and find Naloxone.

The site also explains what to look for as signs of an overdose and how to give immediate aid. One should call 911 and report the overdose, then administer the Naloxone. Following that, the rescuer should give the patient one breath every five seconds, and rub their knuckles on the sternum. If giving Naloxone as a nasal spray, it can take three minutes before it goes into effect. If there is no change after three minutes, another dose should be administered.

Naloxone, which is also called Narcan, is a medication that may stop opioid overdoses, including those caused by fentanyl. Due to a statewide standing order, Washingtonians can get Naloxone at pharmacies statewide without a prescription.

Overdose deaths are one of the nation’s most pressing public health epidemics, according to BFHD. In Washington state, people giving aid to overdose victims as well as those who overdose cannot be prosecuted on drug charges.