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.