Possible Overdose: How can you help?

How to spot the signs of an opioid overdose and how you can help

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Eleven people suffering from drug overdoses were helped by first responders this weekend. Though it may seem tough, officials say you can help others.

“People who get involved in that don’t plan on it,” said Topher Hansen, for CenterPointe. “It just, all of a sudden they go, ‘Oh my gosh I’m connected to this.’ and then they have an addiction.”

Eleven people overdosed between last Friday and this Sunday, officers responding to 10 calls and using Narcan in some cases.

“I’ve reviewed many of the reports and in my mind, there’s no doubt that our officers and LFR personnel saved a number of lives over this past weekend,” said Officer Luke Bonkiewicz.

Bonkiewicz says drugs are often mixed with opioids or fentanyl.

A substance abuse and recovery expert says when taken it can be deadly.

“What the opiates do they will go in and basically put your respiration center to sleep and so you quit breathing and then your heart quits beating and so on,” said Hansen. “Narcan and that family of drugs will help revive you.”

He says if you know someone involved with drugs. It’s best to keep a close and trusting relationship, helping them make a plan to recover.

You can also call a recovery center for substance abuse, like Centerpointe, or donate to local centers and organizations.

Another way community members can be involved is to be prepared. Some pharmacies give Narcan for free to the public through the state health department and public funding.

“We know how powerful that addiction is and we know that sometimes getting street drugs is laced with other things like fentanyl,” said Hansen. So the best thing for you to do is be prepared and be your own advocate.”

Here’s a list of participating pharmacies:

Naloxone Pharmacy Distribution Project
Name of Pharmacy Address City State Zip
Alliance Community Pharmacy 315 Box Butte Ave Alliance NE 69301
Community Pharmacy Regional West 3911 Avenue B, Ste M-200 Scottsbluff NE 69361
Dave’s Pharmacy 223 Box Butte Ave Alliance NE 69301
Dave’s Pharmacy 508 Niobrara Ave Hemingford NE 69348
Safeway-Chadron 230 Morehead St Chadron NE 69337
Adams Drug 513 Broadway Imperial NE 69033
Marks U-save 624 Patterson Cambridge NE 69022
U-Save Pharmacy 3611 2nd Ave Kearney NE 68847
Valley Pharmacy 211 West 33rd Street Kearney NE 68845
Carl T Curtis Health Education Center 100 Indian Hills Drive Macy NE 68039
Columbus Community Hospital 4600 38th St Columbus NE 68601
Charlie’s U-Save Pharmacy 2029 Lincoln Ave York NE 68467
Clabaugh Pharmacy 501 Court St Beatrice NE 68310
Deines Pharmacy 910 E Court St Beatrice NE 68310
Hy-Vee #1 5010 O St Lincoln NE 68510
Kohll’s Rx 808 N 27th St Lincoln NE 68503
U-Save Pharmacy 13851 Guildford St Ste D Waverly NE 68462
Kohll’s Rx 5002 Dodge Street Omaha NE 68132
Kohll’s Rx 12741 Q Street Omaha NE 68137
Kubat Pharmacy 4924 Center Street Omaha NE 68106
Kubat Pharmacy 350 W 23rd Street Fremont NE 68025
Via Rx 625 N 90th Omaha NE 68114
Westfield Pharmacy 1845 W A Street North Platte NE 69101
Seward Family Pharmacy 250 N. Columbia Ave Seward NE 68434
Neb Medicine Pharmacy @ Lauritzen Outpatient 4014 Leavenworth Omaha NE 68198

Officer Bonkiewicz says if you come across any drugs don’t touch them or you could overdose, especially if they have fentanyl in them.

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