We have all heard about the opioid epidemic that is gripping the nation. Overdose deaths stemming from heroin and other opiate abuses have surpassed automobile related fatalities for the first time in our history. It is past time to take action against this frightening trend.
Cornerstone will continue the fight against opioid abuse through our service to addicted individuals and will now also enlist the aid of a new medication called Narcan. Narcan is a nasal spray medication that can save the life of a person who has overdosed on opioids. This medication was approved by the FDA in 1971 and has been used to reverse opiate overdoses in emergency rooms and ambulances for decades. It is non-abusable and works within minutes to restore breathing in people overdosing on opiate drugs such oxycodone and heroin.
Cornerstone staff will be fully trained on when and how to administer this life saving medication in the rare case of an opioid overdose within our treatment system.