Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, is working to make training for the life saving drug naloxone more accessible by offering it online.
As reported in The Baltimore Sun:
Dr. Leana Wen, the city health commissioner, issued a standing order in October that allows anyone instructed on the use of naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, to get it without a prescription. More than 8,000 people attended training sessions last year.
Now the health department has developed a quick online tutorial, available at DontDie.org, for those who can’t get to the city health department or other demonstration locations.
The battle against heroin has taken on new urgency in recent months as more quantities of the drug have been found to contain fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller that is 10 times more potent.
The online training module was developed with a small grant from the Open Society Institute. The overall budget for the naloxone program this year was $200,000, which came mostly from the state and largely pays for the cost of the drug given out during training.
For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Sun.