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    Jeanne Block, a harm reduction nurse working with the New Mexico Department of Health, demonstrates how to use the Narcan nasal spray to a group of heroin users, recovering users and friends of users who meet at Inside Out in Española on June 24, 2010, as part of harm reduction efforts from the Department of Health. Luis Sanchez Saturno/ The New Mexican.

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:22 am, Fri Mar 28, 2014.

Pharmacists in New Mexico have become the first in the United States certified to prescribe a lifesaving anti-overdose drug directly to patients.

The first 60 pharmacists have been trained by the New Mexico Pharmacists Association and Project ECHO on the use of naloxone, which has the brand name Narcan. The medicine is administered by attaching a nasal-tip inhaler to a small vial, which is used to spray a mist into the nose membrane. The drug flows directly to the brain, blocking opioids and restoring breathing.

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9 comments:

  • Curt Maddon posted at 8:17 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    CGM-ABQ Posts: 3

    With all due respect Carolyn, you are lacking information. Addiction precedes the first drink,drug, or whatever. These are simply signs of addiction, not addiction itself. Tell you what, do some research on the topic and/or get some experience in treating addiction and become qualified to make accurate statements. In the meantime, we will endure your low information opining. Have a nice day.

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:49 pm on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 427

    Actually Curt, just as a smoker chooses to smoke that first cigarette, a drug user chooses to take that first hit, shoot up that first dose, take that first drink, snort that first line. The were not afflicted with drug use. Yes, their use led to addiction which I am fully aware is a disease, but they made the choice to begin using.

    No qualifications needed. Common sense suffices. Again, comparing a drug addict to a cancer patient is absolutely ludicrous.

     
  • Curt Maddon posted at 11:24 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    CGM-ABQ Posts: 3

    Actually Carolyn, this is the opposite of my experience. Personally, I have been involved with the treatment of addicted people for more than a decade. Their is no more of a choice involved with being an addict than any other disease. Besides, why would anyone choose that misery? Now, don't confuse that lack of choice as me saying addicts are not responsible for behavior, using or not. They absolutely are. They need help. Please, before you make any more statements, would you kindly state your qualifications to make them? Simply put, if you are qualified, please, by all means, go ahead. But if not, could you refrain from speaking on topics you may not have proper information about? The world would appreciate it :)

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 8:30 pm on Sat, Mar 29, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 427

    Drug users choose to be drug users. People with cancer do not choose to have cancer. Huge difference, absolutely ludicrous comparison.

     
  • Curt Maddon posted at 11:49 am on Sat, Mar 29, 2014.

    CGM-ABQ Posts: 3

    Yes, let's do exactly that, and then take responsibility as a society and help them into recovery. Would you treat a cancer patient in the way you're describing? And before you say "cancer patients don't steal from people" consider that any disease has unpleasant consequences. Do addicts deserve to die? About as much as you do. Addicts must be held responsible, but should also be offered help over and over and over again. We're all in this together. You'd be wise to become more informed...

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 5:11 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 427

    Yeah, like the heroin, crack and meth users are really going to quit after they're brought back from near death. A physician's, or rather pharmacist's decision to give a life saving drug to someone who has overdosed is not, "supporting life and wellness". It's suporting drug use.

     
  • Dan Bigg posted at 12:20 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    DogDays1111 Posts: 1

    Maybe there is a middle ground between condemning people to death or second-guessing physician's decisions and supporting life and wellness? Empowering pharmacists to save lives seems an important improvement to a more healthy, moderate society!

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 11:41 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 427

    Great. Let's revive them from near death so they can keep on doing it and keep on stealing from people to support their nasty habit.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:58 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 874

    Now that pharmacists can prescribe these, maybe they can take a doctor's script for too many opiate pain killers, and take it upon themselves to cut it by 2/3rds.

     

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