In the battle against opioid addiction, and opioid overdoses, Scott County just received a new, strategic weapon in the form of Narcan (naloxone) nasal spray packs, which administer the extremely effective medication that stops opioid overdoses and saves lives.
Through a grant administered by the state of Tennessee’s “Save a Life Project,” S.T.A.N.D. Director Trent Coffey has obtained over 130 of the Narcan nasal spray kits and distributed them to Public Defender Leif Jeffers, Mountain Peoples’ Health Councils, and the Scott County Recovery Court. Coffey said a grant is also being worked on now to get Narcan packs into the hands of every Scott County law officer.
Public Defender Leif Jeffers said, “This resource is a chance for us to help battle addiction and have life-saving impact for our clients, through their loved ones, and all others so profoundly affected by the opioid epidemic.” Since the Public Defender’s office has continual contact with some of those in our county who would be most at risk to die from opioid overdose, Coffey decided to give Jeffers’ office 60 of the Narcan packs, which contain 2 doses each. Mountain Peoples received 60 packs, and Recovery Court was given 12 kits, or 24 doses of Narcan.
“This is the first wave of a program that puts Narcan into the hands of those who can help a family member or friend who has potentially taken a lethal dose of an opioid,” Coffey said. S.T.A.N.D. has conducted training sessions for the use of the Narcan nasal spray, and more information can be obtained by going to Narcannasalspray.com, or by calling the Tennessee REDLINE, which is available 24/7, at 1-800-889-9789.
“This is a pilot program, and one of the first steps in understanding addiction as a true health crisis, and not a moral issue,” Coffey stated.