One of the highest priorities at BrookStone Medical Center is educating the community about the dangers of Opioid Abuse. Because of this, we have created many groups, training, educational seminars and counseling options located at BSMC. Alongside in-clinic training, BrookStone has made it possible to raise awareness on all their social media platforms and the BSMC website. The entire BrookStone team works hard to teach and train patients throughout their treatment to ensure each patient and their family are well aware of the treatment options available to them.
Recently BSMC was provided with a great opportunity to participate in the Opiate Overdose Outreach Pilot Program hosted by the Utah Department of Health. The primary goal of this outreach program is to spread awareness of one simple topic: Naloxone. BSMC is now providing education and training on the proper administration of Naloxone. Naloxone is a prescription medicine used for Opioid emergencies such as an Opioid overdose. The Naloxone prescription can either come in a Nasal spray or an Auto Injector Kit, both of which should be administered only in an overdose situation. (See Evzio.com for additional information on the use of the EVZIO Auto Injector Kit)
Naloxone Prescriptions should be kept on hand by family members, friends or persons who may be at risk for Opioid Overdose. The Naloxone is to be given right away in such a situation, but it does NOT replace emergency medical assistance and care. Immediately after administering Naloxone, medical attention should be informed, even if the person wakes up.
In 2014 the Utah State Legislature passed two laws to help reduce drug overdose deaths. 1. The Good Samaritan Law (House Bill 11) This law enables bystanders to report an overdose without fear of criminal prosecution for illegal possession of controlled substance or illicit drug. 2. Naloxone Law (House Bill 119) This law permits physicians to prescribe Naloxone to third parties (a caregiver or potential bystander to person at risk of overdose) and permits individuals to administer Naloxone without legal liability.
Every month in Utah, 24 individuals die from prescription drug overdoses. Utah is ranked 4th in the nation for drug poisoning deaths which outpaced deaths due to firearms, falls and even motor vehicle crashes. (Utah Dept. Of Health) These facts help explain why it is imperative that the community becomes educated on this rising epidemic in the state. If you or a loved one is struggling with Opioid Dependence or Addiction, please call and speak with a BrookStone Medical Team Member. There are many options for receiving help, getting educated and being prepared.
For more information on the proper administration of Naloxone, see the website and references listed below.
- Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health: 1999- 2014 data queried via Utah’s Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (IBIS-PH) [cited 2016 January].
- Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [Online]. (2012-2014). National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC (producer). [cited 2016 January].
- Utah Violent Death Reporting System.
- Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program Prescription Medication Program Database.
- Utah Department of Health Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.