MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCBD) – If you or a loved one ends up in the middle of an opioid overdose, fire officials in one area of Berkeley County will be able to administer medication that could save a life – even before an ambulance arrives.
The Whitesville Fire Department now has an opioid overdose response program.
With the program in place, first response units will deliver Naloxone to patients who are suffering from a severe opioid overdose.
The department has about 100 opioid overdose calls per year. The implementation of the program has the potential to save many lives.
Naloxone can be administered by the nose and should bring a patient who is overdosing back almost immediately.
An opioid overdose can be caused by illegal drug use, but it could also be as simple as someone who took too many of their pain pills.
“They might be having a bad day and decide to take two (pills) and not realize that it is an overdose,” said Lt. Colt Roy, Whiteville Fire Department’s public information officer. “Sometimes, you want to call and there’s grandma on the flood having a drug overdose. All she did was take one more pill than normal and her system cannot handle it. She’s having an opioid overdose.”
Because the department is using generic medicine, they can get each dose for only $7.