Local Pharmacists Fight Opioid Epidemic


>>>HI, EVERYONE. THANKS FOR JOINING US. THE OPIOID OVERDOSE CRISIS STILL CONTINUES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT LOCAL PHARMACISTS ARE TAKING SOME EXTRA STEPS TO COMBAT THE EPIDEMIC IN THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA. SARAH WINKELMANN JOINS US LIVE IN THE BRAINERD STUDIO WITH THE DETAILS. SARAH?>>Sarah: THANKS, DENNIS. LOT PHARMACISTS ARE WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT NARCAN IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PUBLIC. STARTING WITH EDUCATION TO THOSE AT RISK AND THEIR FAMILIES ABOUT THIS POTENTIALLY LIFE SAVING DRUG.>>HOPING TO PRY THIS EDUCATION, EVEN TO FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS THAT MAY BE WITNESSING AN OVERDOSE SITUATION.>>OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS ARE TYPICALLY SHALLOW BREATHING, THEY COULD BE UNCONSCIOUS, LAYING ON THE GROUND. AND THE OTHER COMMON SYMPTOM IS PINPOINT PUPILS.>>Reporter: IT COMES IN TWO FORMS, AN INJECTION OR A NASAL SPRAY.>>IT ACTUALLY GETS BROKEN DOWN VERY RAPIDLY AND THE OPIOID THAT MIGHT HAVE CAUSED THE INITIAL OVERDOSE, IT COULD LAST IN THE PERSON’S BODY FOR A MUCH LONGER TIME.>>Reporter: THE NALOXONE IS TO PROVIDE SERVICES UNTIL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ARRIVES.>>WE’RE KIND OF STOPPING THE OPIOID TO DOING ITS JOB. THE PAIN MAY COME BACK. THEY’LL HAVE SWEATING, DIZZINESS, NAUSEA, VOMITING. THESE ARE NOT SYMPTOMS THAT ANYBODY WANTS TO EXPERIENCE.>>Reporter: BUT IT’S A MEASURE NOW THAT LOCAL PHARMACIES HAVE COMPLETED EDUCATION HOW TO PROPERLY INFORM PATIENTS AND FAMILIES.>>OUR JOB IS TO IDENTITY PEOPLE THAT WOULD BE AT HIGH RISK FOR OVERDOSE.>>Reporter: BY LOOKING AT MANY FACTORS INCLUDING THE MEDICATIONS AND DOSAGE.>>TYPICALLY THE STRONG ONES LIKE OXYCONTIN, OXYCODONE.>>Reporter: AFTER PRACTICING WITH AN AGREEMENT, THE GUIDE POINT PHARMACY IS ALREADY PUTTING THEIR EDUCATION INTO USE.>>THEY’VE RECEIVED THE EDUCATION, STARTED IDENTIFYING PATIENTS, TALKED TO THOSE PATIENTS AND THEY’VE ALREADY DONE THREE PRESCRIPTIONS IN THE LAST DAY.>>Sarah: NOW, THE COST OF THE NARCAN IS COVERED BY MOST INSURANCE COMPANIES. YOU MIGHT WANT TO HAVE IT ON HAND JUST IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. DENNIS?>>Dennis: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE LIVE REPORT FROM THE