Harm Reduction Coalition Distributes 100,000th Overdose Prevention Kit in NC

By / Health and Wellness / Monday, 04 March 2019 16:56

There are people out there who care and can help.” On the other end of the state in the mountains, Virgil Hayes is distributing overdose prevention kits in the rural of Haywood County. Haywood County has also been hard hit by drug use, but you’d hardly know it by talking with folks. Hayes says that in the mountains, people often won’t admit they have a problem with drugs; part of naloxone distribution is opening up communities to those conversations.
“Distributing Narcan in western NC has allowed me to have conversations with people about the pain that underlies their addiction,” says Hayes. “I think that there is something about teaching people how to save a life that allows space for vulnerability and connection.” In 2013 NCHRC began offering naloxone and overdose prevention training to community members after successfully advocating for the passage of the 911 Good Samaritan law in North Carolina. The 911 Good Samaritan law encourages people to seek medical help for an overdose by offering limited immunity for some drug, alcohol, and probation/parole violation offenses. Recently, the North Carolina state legislature approved $100,000 in funding for PSAs to raise awareness about the law.
“We are seeing far too many overdose deaths in North Carolina – deaths that are often preventable,” says North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, whose office is overseeing the allocation of the PSA money. “The Good Samaritan law saves lives by encouraging people to call 911 to report overdoses and seek help. But that law only works if people know about it.”
Overdose deaths are continuing to rise across the state, especially now with many drug supplies contaminated with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid even stronger than heroin. Considering the many challenges and unknowns of drug use in North Carolina, it is more important than ever that people at risk for overdose and their loved ones are equipped with naloxone.
 For more information on overdose prevention training or how to receive a naloxone kit go to:
nchrc.org/program -and-services/overdose-prevention-project/
 To see a full breakdown of drug overdose reversal locations go to:

For information on the 911 Good Samaritan law go to:


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