NC Harm Reduction’s Overdose Prevention Project – A Look Back at the First Year

NCHRC’s Overdose Prevention Project – A Look Back at the First Year

This August 1st 2014 marks one year since the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) officially launched the Overdose Prevention Project (OPP). The OPP focuses on the dual goals of educating the public on overdose prevention and response and providing overdose prevention kits containing naloxone, a medication that reverses drug overdose from opioids such as methadone, heroin, and prescription painkillers.

With opioid overdose fatalities claiming over 1000 lives a year in North Carolina and slated to become the state’s leading cause of unintentional injury death by 2017, it is necessary to implement a common sense solution to the problem. Enter, naloxone, a medication simple and easy enough to be administered even by people with no medical training. In one short year NCHRC’s naloxone program has grown from a handful of distributors to over 20 volunteer dispensers in 16 counties across the state.

NC Harm Reduction Announces Community Based Overdose Prevention Project

NCHRC Announces Community Based Overdose Prevention Project

With a commitment to reduce the number of drug overdose deaths in North Carolina, the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) has created the Overdose Prevention Project (OPP). The OPP is a legal community-based overdose prevention training and naloxone distribution program. The program provides naloxone, a safe and effective drug with no abuse potential that reverses opioid overdose, to people at high risk of overdose and those who are likely to witness such an overdose. Although the OPP will travel statewide, it will be initially focused in Asheville, the Triangle and Fayetteville.

NC Harm Reduction Coalition plans statewide Overdose Awareness Day events

NC Harm Reduction Coalition Plans Statewide Overdose Awareness Day Events

August 31st 2013 is national Overdose Awareness Day, a time to commemorate loved ones lost from accidental drug overdose. In North Carolina, drug overdose claims over 1100 lives each year and is on track to surpass motor vehicle fatalities by 2017. The majority of the overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Fentanyl and almost all are preventable with the proper tools and training. North Carolina recently passed a new law, SB20: 911 Good Samaritan/Naloxone Access law, to reduce premature deaths from overdose.

The stigma of drug overdose: a mother’s story

The Stigma of Drug Overdose: A Mother’s Story

Denise Cullen has lived through one of the worst tragedies a mother can experience – losing a child. But if there is anything worse than losing a child, it is losing a child to a drug overdose, because grief is accompanied by stigma and blame.

McCrory signs "911 Good Samaritan" bill into law

McCrory Signs 911 Good Samaritan/Naloxone Access Bill

On Tuesday, April 9th, Governor McCrory signed Senate Bill 20 (SB20), Good Samaritan Law/Naloxone Access, into law, effective immediately. In an effort to reduce drug overdose fatalities in North Carolina, 911 Good Samaritan law provides limited criminal immunity from prosecution charges for less than one gram of drugs or paraphernalia to people who call 911 to report an overdose. The immunity also applies to underage drinkers who seek help for alcohol poisoning. In North Carolina, more than half of drug overdoses occur in the presence of another person, yet in most cases, witnesses are afraid to call for help for fear of police and criminal repercussions for drug possession. 911 Good Samaritan laws place the importance of human life above arrest for small amounts of drugs in order to encourage overdose witnesses to seek help.

Saving lives from drug overdose death with simple solutions

Saving Lives with Simple Solutions
by Allison Glasser

Seven years ago, Durham resident Chad Sanders lost his sister, Shelly, to drug overdose. Shelly had been using drugs with a friend in her dorm room when she became unresponsive. Her friend, recently released from jail on parole, did not call 911 for fear that he could be arrested for drug possession. Shelly didn’t make it through the night. Unfortunately, Shelly’s story is far too common. Drug overdose deaths have surpassed automobile deaths as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In North Carolina, antiquated laws and practices lead to over 1000 preventable overdose deaths each year. It’s time we do something about it.

North Carolina Overdose Prevention Summit

Feb 5 2013 8:30 am

North Carolina Overdose Prevention Summit

Come and show your support for overdose prevention in NC and to find out why NC needs a 911 Good Samaritan and naloxone access law.

Featured speakers:

  • Detective Gary Martin, Palm Beach County, FL Sheriff's Office
  • Florida Sheriff's Association
  • North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
  • NC Legislators Concerned About Drug Overdose
  • Project Lazarus

Event Registration
To register, please click here.

Event Info
Legislative Building
16 Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
9:00am - 12:00pm

Check-in begins at 8:00am
Light refreshments will be provided

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Law Enforcement Using Narcan (Naloxone) to Save People Who Have Overdosed Lives

The New Heroes of Law Enforcement – Interview with Sheriff Jack Mahar, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office
by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

With deaths from opiate prescription pills on the rise all over the country, a surprising new ally is stepping up to help reverse the trend – law enforcement. The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, a small department in rural New York state, has emerged as a nationwide leader in the battle to save lives from unnecessary overdose deaths. Rensselaer County is one of a few departments in the country that trains police deputies in the use of Narcan, an opiate reversal drug that can be administered to revive a person who has overdosed on opiates.

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition Organizes Events for International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) to Remember Lives

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition Organizes Events for International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) to Remember Lives Lost and Educate About Solutions to Overdose Crisis

Accidental Overdose Remain Leading Cause of Injury Death for Adults Ages 25-64

Durham, NC, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) will join the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and dozens of organizations in the U.S. and abroad participating in the 12th annual International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. The day honors and remembers those who have lost their lives to an accidental overdose. The occasion is also an opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about the growing overdose crisis in the United States and abroad – and to offer concrete solutions that save lives.

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