Archive for August2016

Public Access Narcan

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Medical emergencies, like cardiac arrest, anaphylaxis, heroin overdose, (and being bitten by a Black Widow spider), require quick treatment to save a life.   Our public health system recognizes this.  We have AEDs, epi-pens and now increasing access to Narcan.  All great initiatives.  Before I advocate for public access anti-spider bite kits, let me address […]

Narcan Thoughts

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A story on the news this week said the Hartford Fire Department has saved 136 lives with Narcan since they began carrying it last November.  They have used it 172 times with 136 positive results, according to the article.  (Kudos to an outstanding department!) The story also mentions the Connecticut State Police have saved 100 […]

OMG

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Two weeks ago, it was Black Jack.  This week it is OMG.  Oh, My G**. The woman lays on a parking lot sidewalk behind the school.  Her face is blue and she is only breathing one or two times a minute.  She is wearing tight spandex and bright pink tank top.  She has tattoos on […]

Black Jack

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I did three heroin ODs on one shift last week. Another medic did four in a shift the day before. Lots of OD calls going out. All three of these ODs used the same brand. Black Jack. For years, dealers in the Northeast have been branding their supply, stamping or printing it on the glassine […]