Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. Paramedics and hospitals have been using naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses for decades. Naloxone is safe, easy to administer, has no side effects and no potential for abuse. You may hear the brand name "Narcan" when referring to Naloxone.
Call 911, Reading EMS/Fire can administer Naloxone to reverse an overdose.
How to access Naloxone through a pharmacy
Non-Emergency use: What to do if Naloxone is needed
If you need to administer Naloxone, its important to call 911 to ensure the person receives follow up treatment and care. Tips below on placing someone in the recovery position if needed. https://www.asahq.org/madeforthismoment/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Opioid-Overdose-Card-1.pdf
Eliot Mobile Crisis Services
Eliot is our 24/7 mobile crisis resource for the Reading community. Visit https://www.eliotchs.org/emergency-services/ or call 24/7 1-800-988-1111
Reading residents can use this resource in a number of ways:
- Residents can access directly by phone to request crisis assistance, stabilization or evaluation (adults must be willing and give their consent, parents must consent for their children)
- Police can call to ask questions about a case or connecting a resident
- Schools can call the crisis team for an evaluation (with parent permission)
INTERFACE REFERRAL SERVICE
Reading Coalition Public Safety Clinician (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) is available to meet with residents and students that attend RPS for brief therapeutic support and accessing resources. No insurance needed. Contact Taunya L. Jarzyniecki, LCMHC MLADC, Public Safety Clinician at email@example.com
Network of Care (Behavioral Health programs and people)
Network of Care Massachusetts has created the Culturally Responsive Behavioral Health Resource Hub to help connect Black, Latinx, and Asian American community members with clinicians who are providing care that affirms their lived experiences and speaks to their social, cultural, and linguistic needs. https://massachusetts.networkofcare.org/mh/index.aspx