Yesterday’s trip to Prevention Point was very informative. This was my second time receiving a Narcan training from Elvis Rosado, and I definitely learned some new information from the session. Prior to receiving this training, I knew how to administer Narcan, and the generic version Naloxone, but I was unaware of how to perform resuscitation breaths. I was able to take a video and post it to my story as part of a longer piece for my followers on how to react in the event of an opioid overdose. I received a few responses of individuals asking for more information on Prevention Point, and the process of administering Narcan.
Elvis made some other points that I was unaware of, like the usage of Vivitrol. Previously, I did not know that it blocked one’s receptors from opioids in the same way that Narcan does, but over a period of around 20 days in order to deter individuals from using. I was most shocked by the statistic Rosado mentioned that in a study, it was discovered that women from 30-40 were dying at the highest rate from overdoses. I was also interested to learn that dogs are unable to smell Fentynal because it’s synthetic. The drug also doesn’t show up in urine tests, which are both reasons that may lead one to either smuggle, sell, or use the synthetic opioid, on top of the cheaper price of production. Elvis also mentioned that people in the suburbs are more likely to have life insurance policies, which is why they often push the narrative that their loved one died from either heart failure or a respiratory issue. I always find it interesting to see these social manifestations of secrecy that arise as a result of institutionalized policies.
I appreciated the stories Rosado shared about his personal experiences with opioid overdoses. Of course, having Prevention Point located in Kensington, Rosado has had to respond to countless overdoses. The one story he shared that epitomized the intensity of the issue was when he said he had to respond to three overdoses at the same time when he was by himself. Rosado said he was lucky to have enough Narcan on him to bring everyone back, but he had to give resuscitation breaths in a circle until the ambulance came. If I were to write a story on the opioid crisis in Kensington, that’s probably what I would lead with.