Naloxone Saves Lives HealthStreet Effort

The UF Healthstreet Overdose Prevention and Education initiative, sponsored by the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health of the Florida Department of Children and Families, launched Tuesday at the UF HPNP Atrium. Nearly 70 people were in attendance, ranging from students, faculty, staff and community members. The event was held to educate our community on the local opioid crisis, demonstrate the use of lifesaving naloxone, and distribute the drug to those in attendance. Over 70 naloxone kits (2 units per kit) and 48 deactivation pouches for dispensing of unused drugs were handed out.

Attendants gather to receive samples of the Narcan spray and Deterra bags.
Photo was taken by Jesse S. Jones.

According to the CDC, overdoses involving opioids killed more than 47,000 people in 2017, and 36% of those deaths involved prescription opioids. While legislation is being updated and access to alternative pain management is developing, naloxone is still one of the most direct ways to save someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose.

Boxes of Narcan spray kits.
Photo was taken by Jesse S. Jones.

The powerful medication, naloxone, which was distributed under the brand name Narcan®, comes in a two dosage box of 4mg nasal spray containers. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist and can help reverse the effects of an overdose.

The medication is considered safe for anyone to use, including pregnant women, children and older adults. Administrating it is as simple as using any other nasal spray.

Dr. Henry Young demonstrates how to use the Narcan spray.
Photo was taken by Jesse S. Jones.

In addition to Narcan, a preventative measure of opioid abuse and misuse is the Deterra® drug disposal pouch. Whether it is an unused opioid dosage from surgery, dental procedure or other forms of pain management, leftover pills can accidentally be ingested or misused. While there are disposal boxes available in the community, they are often inconvenient to find. Also, the pouch prevents people from flushing unused drugs down the toilet, which can have negative environmental impacts.

The Deterra® drug disposal pouch offers a simple and effective way to completely breakdown opioids within the convenience of your own home.

Ayodeji Otufowora presents the Deterra bag samples.
Photo was taken by Jesse S. Jones.

If you or anyone you know is interested in more information or receiving Narcan spray or the deactivation bags, you can stop by Healthstreet at 2401 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608 or call us at (352) 294-4880.

Dr. Linda B. Cottler presents the Naloxone Saves Lives event.
Photo was taken by Jesse S. Jones.

Linda B. Cottler PhD, MPH, FACE, Associate Dean for Research and Dean’s Professor, Director of HealthStreet

Michael Perri PhD, ABPP, Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions

Julie A. Johnson PharmD, Dean of the College of Pharmacy

Elizabeth Shenkman PhD, Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Catherine W. Striley PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE, Co-Director of HealthStreet

Beatrice Dorestil, MPH, HealthStreet Director of Operations

Ayodeji Otufowora, 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology

Michael S. Gutter PhD, Associate Dean for Extension

Henry Young, MD, Assistant Medical Director