Program implemented at TidalHealth to help curb opioid deaths
SALISBURY, Md. – In a recent effort to curb opioid use, one local hospital was selected to participate in a program that would help that effort. After a recent study showed an increase of 38% of opioid related deaths on the Eastern Shore, many health facilities such as TidalHealth Peninsula Regional were looking at how to turn this around.
TidalHealth in Salisbury is now one of only 13 overdose response program centers on the Eastern Shore allowed to supply Naloxone nasal spray kits to patients. The nasal spray will be provided free of charge without a prescription. Medical experts with TidalHealth tells us, the nasal spray rapidly reverses an opioid overdose, and saving lives is a main priority for them. “We don’t have to worry if they got their prescription filled, we don’t have to worry about the financial impact of it on them or their family,” says Angie Brittingham, Director of Emergency and Trauma Services at TidalHealth. “We want to help the people in the community as much as we possibly can with this. It’s certainly an uphill battle for people and we just want them to know that we’re here and available if they need us.”
If you or someone you know is suffering from an opioid addiction, you can call TidalHealth at 410-546-6400, and their medical experts will direct you to your next steps.