Virginia city makes it easier for residents to receive Narcan

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Residents in Alexandria, Va., now have access to Narcan thanks to a mail delivery program.

Narcan is a nasal spray that can save someone’s life during an opioid overdose. The city hopes that by providing the medication to more people, it will reduce the number of deaths related to opioid overdoses.

Residents can request Narcan for free by making an appointment with the Alexandria Health Department or sending their name and mailing address to emily.bentley@alexandriava.gov. They also can obtain the drug without a prescription at pharmacies.

City officials are concerned stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may be linked to increased substance use, as there has been an increase in deaths related to opioid overdoses.

Many people revived with Narcan after an overdose reported they were unaware they had used an opioid. It is believed this is because of fatal additives like fentanyl. These additives make an opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Residents should be aware of these medical risks, city officials warn. Any illegal substances could be either extremely concentrated or laced with another drug, officials say, and this could result in a life-threatening situation.

Alexandria has substance-use treatment and recovery programs for any resident who feels they need assistance.

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