Families now using narcan to save addicts

Narcan used to offset side effects of heroin overdose. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Narcan used to offset side effects of heroin overdose. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 50 people piled into the Lutheran Church of Our Savior’s basement looking to learn how to prevent death or delay it when and if their loved ones overdose on drugs.

Lori Erion started Families of Addicts(FOA), an organization to bring awareness and educate about addictions.

Wednesday, FOA tried to teach families about the signs of drug addictions and the ways to address it.

Erion knows all too well the dangers of being an addict.

“There were days I didn’t care whether I lived or died,” she admitted.

Erion told 2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé it’s been 8 years since she’s been sober.

And she quit for one reason, “I did it because I saw how my daughter’s addiction was affecting me.”

Her daughter is now a recovering heroin addict, but many other children have died of overdoses and could not be saved because the tools to do so weren’t around the home or the car.

One mother believes Narcan may have been able to save her own daughter.

“It was mass chaos. It was like the devil chasing her and she couldn’t get away,” described Barbara Chance of her late daughter’s addiction.

Chance’s daughter died 9 months ago, and ever since the grieving mother has become an advocate.

“The more people we can get involved in it, the more we can work towards getting what we’re looking for– is a resource center,” she explained. “And, I always feel like if there’d been one– maybe something more available to Sarah– she might not have passed.”

Many adults at Wednesday’s event say they want to help, but more importantly be prepared in case of an overdose happening in their presence..

We wanted to know from the experts, what exactly Narcan does?

“So what the Narcan does is it knocks those opiate molecules, like heroin, off the receptor so they can breathe again,” Dr. Brien Dyer detailed.

Physicians, like Dr. Dyer, and addiction advocates say it’s important to have Narcan around when your consistently around an addict.

Throughout Wednesday’s event, FOA Norganizers explained the clear signs of an overdose and also demonstrated how to use Narcan.

But most importantly, they reminded those there that it was their loved ones who must want to quit for themselves before long-lasting progress is made.

If you or your loved one are seeking help or access to Narcan, contact FOA here.

You can also contact the local public health office here for more resources.

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