Delawareans given kits, training at opioid rescue kit distribution event
SEAFORD, Del. – At Monday’s opioid rescue kit distribution and training event in Seaford – the focus was on making sure that people know what to do if someone near them is overdosing. “When it’s a high stress situation where somebody potentially is overdosing and dying, if you’re not prepared and you don’t know how to use it, it’s useless,” said Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro.
Each kit contained two doses of Naloxone, a device to administer the medicine, a breathing mask, and informational flyers. People who visited the event were given a kit for free after being shown how to use it.
The first steps are to check the victim’s breathing, give them a sternum rub and rescue breaths. If they don’t respond – call 911 and get out your Naloxone kit. After removing the rubber caps, you attach the Naloxone vial to the device and spray half of it in one of the victim’s nostrils, and the second half in their other nostril. If the victim is not responding after the first dose of Naloxone, you should use the second dose.
Visitors were also shown an app called OpiRescue. People can use it to help them get through each step. You can also report when you use a rescue kit, and see tips on how to identify an overdose – as well as addiction resources.
Amy Kevis with the Delaware Community Response Team says it’s a good back up tool to have in a stressful situation. “When you’re in an emergency situation you get confused and get nervous and you drop things and you can’t remember how to do it,” said Kevis.
Commissioner Navarro was on hand at the event – helping to teach folks how to use the kits. He says that Sussex County is a hot spot for overdoses right now. The commissioner also says the stress of living during COVID-19 could be one of the reasons overdose numbers are up. “Because of COVID-19 – because of the extraordinary circumstances we’re all living under – this is something that’s really, really important because we know that there have been an excessive amount of overdoses,” said Commissioner Navarro.
The next training event will be held in Frankford, Delaware on Wednesday, August 5th. You can also purchase Naloxone kits from a number of pharmacies – and get them for free at future events. For a list of pharmacies in Delaware that sell Naloxone – click here. For a schedule of upcoming training and distribution events – click here.