Seattle, King County health officials urge people to get trained on, carry Narcan

The number of opioid-related overdose deaths is at a record in King County, with 433 deaths this year from fentanyl according to the King County Fatal Overdose Dashboard.

SEATTLE – With the number of opioid overdose deaths on the rise, Seattle and King County officials are urging people to get trained and carry Narcan. The Seattle Public Library is planning training for volunteer staff.

One box has the potential to save a life.

Claudia Heiden, who kept Narcan in the car, said: ‘It was just a push, a dose of medicine. “You never know when there will be an overdose.”

It is ready to be used immediately.

“I’m glad to know that if I see someone overdose, I can help them and I’m prepared,” said Heiden, who has carried it since 2016.

She understands addiction. Her daughter is now six months old.

“The last time I picked her up for treatment, she got out of the car, she looked like every drug addict on the street. Every addict I see, I think they have parents like me,” Heiden said. .

She picks up Narcan from a pharmacy, without a prescription, for a $5 copay.

“It’s very easy and everyone should carry it,” Heiden said.

Seattle and King County Public Health agreed in a statement that they want as many people as possible to train with Narcan on hand.

According to the King County Fatal Overdose Panel, fentanyl-related overdoses exceeded last year. In 2021, there were 385 overdoses related to fentanyl. As of Wednesday, there have been 433 this year.

The Seattle Public Library is rolling out a program where staff can volunteer to be trained to administer Narcan.

“It came about because an employee expressed an interest in doing so to their supervisor,” said Rick Sheridan, director of Institutions and Strategy for the Seattle Public Library. .

Sheridan said the program is still several months away.

“At the moment we are working to secure the drug so that we can put it in the facilities and also provide training to the volunteer staff,” he said.

Narcan is another tool, like CPR, that can save lives.

“We all need to care about others and you can’t help someone if they’re not alive,” says Heiden.

Because the Seattle Public Library program employs volunteer staff, it cannot guarantee every branch will have Narcan. There are programs that offer Narcan for free, which you can find on stopoverdose.org. They also send free kits to anyone in Washington.

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Edmund DeMarche

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