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11/5/2013 (5 months ago)

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Advocates now pushing for the use of Naloxone, or Narcan to be given to first responders

An amazing video showing a North Carolina female heroin addict on death's door regaining consciousness after she's given a dose of a new life-saving drug is now being used by the drug's advocates. The advocates say that the drug, called Naloxone, or Narcan should be given to first responders who are confronted with life-and-death situations where a person is suffering from a drug overdose.

Given a second chance at life, this North Carolina woman known only as 'Liz' checked herself into rehab after being revived by new miracle drug.

Given a second chance at life, this North Carolina woman known only as "Liz" checked herself into rehab after being revived by new miracle drug.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/5/2013 (5 months ago)

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Keywords: Naxalone, Narcan, drug overdose, drug advocates


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Narcan can revive addicts during an overdose - but only if it's quickly administered.

Dr Sanjay Gupta, in an effort to disburse the drug to non-medical first responders - and even non-emergency workers, screened a video of how one 29-year-old addict got a second chance at life thanks to the drug.

Said video shows a woman identified only as Liz, taking drugs since she was 11, passed out from an overdose of heroin. "She seemed to be pretty unresponsive, we were noticing a bluing of the lips, lack of oxygen. So her breathing had become quite shallow," Adam Wigglesworth, who found the dying the woman in August says.

Both Wigglesworth and Louise Vincent volunteer with a program in Greensboro, North Carolina which provides clean needles and assistance to addicts.

Attempting to revive Liz by regulating her breathing, the two inject her with Naloxene. Another shot of the drug after she fails to respond successfully revives her.

Moving her up into a sitting position, four emergency room physicians validated the video's authenticity to CNN.

Liz credits both Wigglesworth and Vincent for giving her the drug that saved her life. "I can't believe that somebody cared about me enough or loved me enough to being me back," Liz said of the life-saving shots. Liz then checked into a rehab facility.

Many people are now lobbying for the right of first responders and lay people to carry the drug. 

Fire Chief Warren Thomas in La Crosse, Wisconsin is trying to get approval to use the drug on overdose patients if they arrive before ambulance personnel.

"If we get to a call where we're a few minutes ahead of Tri-State and we know it's a known overdose, we can get this Narcan into the patient's system and start reversing the effects of that drug before a sudden cardiac arrest occurs," Chief Warren says.

"That would just be one more patient that hopefully would walk out of the hospital and try to get some help."

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