Upstate nonprofit hands out life-saving medicine door-to-door

FOR SECOND CHANCES. >> EACH KIT GETS TWO DOSES OF
NALOXONE. >> IT’S SIMILAR TO NARCAN. WIDELY CREDITED WITH SAVING THE
LIVES OF ANYONE WHO HAS
OVERDOSED ON OPOIDS. THE CDC REPORTING EPMS USE OF
THE DRUG INCREASED BY 75% FROM
2012 TO 2016. >> THESE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE NALOXONE. >> A FORMULA THAT MARK BURROWS
ARGUED SHOULD BE WIDELY
AVAILABLE. HE’S NEARING EIGHT YEARS OF
RECOVERY. >> I STRUGGLED WITH ADDICTION
FOR ALMOST TEN YEARS AND HAVE
SEEN MANY OVERDOSES. >> AND SO EVERY DAY HE AND HIS
TEAM AT CHALLENGES INCORPORATED
HAND OUT KITS AT THEIR OFFICE IN
PIEDMONT PAYING MOSTLY OUT OF
POCKET SOMETIMES USING
INDEPENDENT DONATIONS. OFTEN TAKING KITS ON THE ROAD. IN TWO YEARS HANDING OUT MORE
THAN 2,000 DOSES. >> THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE
DOING AND QUITE FRANKLY I FEEL
LIKE ANYONE WHO IS IN THE
BUSINESS OF ADDICTION SHOULD BE
DOING THE SAME THING. >> THERE ARE CHALLENGES. MONEY AND A STIGMA THEY SAY
PREVENTS THE ISSUE FROM BEING
MORE WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED. >> YOU NEVER HEAR ANYBODY CALLED
A CIGARETTE HEAD OR A BEER HEAD. BUT YOU HEAR THE WORD PILL HEAD
OFTEN. METH HEAD, CRACK HEAD. THE GIFRNT SUBSTANCE GET —
DIFFERENT SUBSTANCE GETS THAT
NEGATIVE CONNOTATION. >> NOW URGING OTHER AGENCIES TO
HELP FUND GROUPS LIKE THEIRS,
GROUPS ON THE FRONT LINES
OFFERING A SECOND CHANCE. >> THE NAME OF THE GAME HERE IS
REDUCING BARRIERS TO CARE. WHETHER THAT IS NALOXONE
DISTRIBUTION OR ADDICTION
TREATMENT, GETTING RID OF THE
RED TAPE

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