I learned a lot from Elvis Rosado’s training. He was so informative and had so much to share from statistics to heroin use to Narcan training. It was hard to keep up at times, but I managed to write down at least three pages of notes that I’m sure will come in handy for reporting or if I ever use Narcan on someone overdosing. There’s a lot to know about using Narcan, especially to tell someone who overdosed to not use for the next two hours and explaining what the Narcan did.
I learned about types of substances I wasn’t familiar with and their effects like K2 and fentanyl pills made to look like Oxycontin or Vicodin. I was pretty surprised to hear that one blunt is equivalent to a pack of cigs and the need for that nicotine when smoking multiple blunts. I also think people should know more about the statistics so here’s a few Rosado shared.
- In 2017, there were 1,217 deaths due to overdoses in Philadelphia
- In 2017, there were about 72,000 overdose deaths in the U.S., which is more than the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War