CHI Memorial donates Narcan to first responders
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – First responders deal with drug overdoses almost every day.
And, according to the experts, many lives could be saved if the responders had Narcan Nasal Spray.
That’s the life-saving medication that can reverse opioid overdoses, and CHI Memorial today donated 900 doses to partner law enforcement and first responder agencies in Tennessee.
The hospital representatives were at the Hamilton county sheriff’s annex this morning.
“The number of prescriptions for opioids has decreased in the state of Tennessee and here in Chattanooga in the last several years…the number of deaths continue to rise…we believe that is in large part to the number of illicit substances or illegal substances that are avilable increasingly on the street.”
Several other local agencies were present to receive the donations of Narcan.
The life-saving drug is available at pharmacies and generally costs approximately $180 per dose.