Opioid Overdose Prevention (Narcan)
To combat fatal overdoses, ACR Health dispenses NARCAN
ACR Health has now been approved by the New York State Department of Health to operate an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.
New York is experiencing an epidemic of overdose deaths especially related to heroin and opioid-based prescription painkillers such as oxycontin and oxycodone. Today, overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the state. New evidence points to an increasing number of people transitioning from prescription painkillers to heroin, which is leading to greater overdose rates.
Fatal opioid overdoses can be prevented. Most overdoses are not instantaneous and the majority of them are witnessed by others. Many overdose fatalities are preventable, especially if witnesses have had appropriate training and are prepared to respond in a safe and effective manner. A life-saving law took effect on April 1, 2006, making it legal in New York State for non-medical persons to administer Naloxone (Narcan) to another individual to prevent an opioid/heroin overdose from becoming fatal. Naloxone is a prescription medicine that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin or other opioids in the brain for 30 to 90 minutes.