MILFORD - Timothy Knapp, Pike County Emergency Management Director, reports that the county will receive 144 doses of fresh Naloxone from the state to be distributed to trained emergency responders and not the general public.
He made the announcement at the November 1st Pike County Commissioners’ meeting.
The service life of the drug (also called Narcan) is 18 months and currently some doses coming into the county only have one month of shelf life. First responders, police, sheriff’s department, DA’s office will receive kits. Commissioner Chairman Matthew Osterberg said he had spoken with the coroner and it was reported that there have been eight overdose deaths this year in Pike County with 15 last year. He said it is much to difficult to get Naloxone. The idea that drug users gather together to shoot heroin and someone abstaining from use, like a designated driver, to administer narcan in the event of overdose is ludicrous, he added.
The price of Narcan is $150 per dose and that is the last thing an addict would spend that much money on when he is looking for his/her next heroin fix, Osterberg said. He continued that Narcan is safe, with no side effects other than a possible headache and that it should be available over the counter at the drug store. He said no one should have to face the stigma of walking into a pharmacy and having to ask for Narcan while other customers can hear.
Osterberg also noted that the number of deaths could very possibly be skewed due to the fact that Pike County has no hospital so if a victim is transported to other areas and succumbs, the death would be reported where it happened, not from where the call originated.
Commissioner Steven Guccini brought up a point that is frustrating to some that some addicts have had multiple instances were Narcan has been administered. The stigma of this needs to change as Guccini reiterated Osterberg’s statement, “If it’s your son or daughter, you’re gonna want to have it done.”
NET Cancer Awareness Day
Pike County Commissioners proclaimed November 10, 2017 as NET Cancer Awareness Day. Neuroendocrine tumors/tumours (NETs) often develop into cancer and if left untreated, can result in serious illness and death. Healthcare professionals underestimate the malignant and metastatic potential of NET cancer and further, patients are often misdiagnosed or receive delayed diagnosis.
There have been advances in the detection and treatment of NET cancers, but not all patients are benefiting quickly enough from scientific and medical progress in the field. The Commissioners encourage patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, as well as the wider community, to join together to raise awareness about net cancers as well as all other cancers and the need for timely diagnosis and access to optimal treatment and care.
The next regular meeting of the Commissioners will be on Wednesday, November 15 at 9 a.m. at the Administration Building, 506 Broad St., Milford.