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Substance Misuse

The number of opioid-related deaths is rising nationally and statewide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60 percent of Georgia’s 55 counties with drug overdose rates higher than the national average were located in rural areas with limited access to substance use disorder treatment or medication-assisted treatment.

One way Healthy Haralson is addressing this problem is through a partnership with local government officials. The partnership includes discussions about policies on the use of naloxone, a medication widely known by the brand name Narcan, to treat someone who has overdosed on a narcotic.

As a result of those discussions, several “train the trainer” sessions have been conducted by state and local first responders — including law enforcement and fire departments — who have in turn instructed their employees on how to carry and properly administer naloxone.

Administered promptly after an overdose, naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose, reviving the user so he or she can receive additional medical attention, giving them a chance at recovery.

Policies on how to properly carry, store and administer naloxone have been implemented by the following agencies:

The policy implemented by Bremen's fire and police departments impacts 6,421 residents. Haralson County Fire Department's policy impacts 22,423 residents. 

Read how Get Healthy, Live Well honored area resident Debbie Neal for her work to make naloxone more widely available in west Georgia.

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