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CaroMont Health Partners on Life-Saving Narcan® Initiative in Gaston County


In the wake of a growing opioid epidemic in Gaston County, a new partnership will place doses of the opioid overdose-reversing drug Narcan® (naxalone) in law enforcement vehicles in Gaston County.

Police officers and firefighters are often the first to arrive on the scene after a 911 call, so it is important they are equipped with the tools and training needed to begin treatment. CaroMont will provide 500 doses of Narcan® and supplies and GEMS will provide education for Gaston County Police Departments to ensure officers know how to administer medication to those who suffering from an overdose. GEMS will also track all doses administered via a reporting card that will be completed by the officer who administered the dose and then provide a new ready-to-use dose to ensure the officer will have the supplies needed for a future call.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called opioid abuse an epidemic in our country, and the alarming effects are being felt in the Gaston County community. In fact, Gaston County has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose in North Carolina.

This partnership comes after the announcement of a community-wide initiative bringing together several agencies to help raise awareness and create an action plan to address the opioid issue in Gaston County.

Read more about this partnership through our media partners:
The Gaston Gazette

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