On Tuesday we went to Prevention Point in Kensington for Narcan training with Elvis Rosado. The training covered a lot of information, from the use of Narcan to the signs of an overdose, and opiate use disorder in general.

It was a lot to take in, honestly. Not just the amount of information that was being presented, but the slow realization of just how this is affecting people across the nation. More than 72,000 people in the United States are estimated to have died from drug overdoses — in 2017 alone. That’s more deaths in a single year than Americans killed in Vietnam. The US was in that war for ten years, which resulted in over 58,000 deaths total. I don’t think I can wrap my head around that.

I’m glad that we went through Narcan training. I’m glad that we not only learned how to use it, but also how to handle the entire situation, down to what we’re supposed to tell the people. It gives me a little bit of comfort that I have the knowledge to handle the situation should it arise.

On a side note, the training made me think of the article that we had to write a recap for, that discussed whether or not journalists should carry Narcan on them. I believe I mentioned it in my post, but — even more than just last week — I think it should be a necessity that journalists should carry Narcan.

At the end of the day, they’re people. 72,000 is a huge number, but they were people.