October 17, 2017 – While naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan, has been invaluable in saving the lives of opioid overdose victims, the life-saving antidote doesn’t treat the disease of addiction. That’s why addiction treatment centers, like Malvern Institute, are vital to preventing another overdose and lay the foundation for a life in recovery.
The Penn Foundation, a Bucks County-based, non-profit organization providing behavioral health and wellness services, recently launched efforts to partner hospitals with treatment centers so overdose victims can quickly access addiction treatment, according to the Perkasie News-Herald.
Julie Williams, Penn Foundation’s director of clinical services, explains how the initiative works:
“In Bucks County, that person is a certified recovery specialist, who has experience with addiction, but is now in recovery, she said.
The person who has overdosed has the choice of whether they want to have the specialist come talk to them and whether they want to proceed farther, she said. Those who decline are given a tool kit with information for not only the person who has overdosed, but also for their family or other support persons in their life, she said.
Some people aren’t yet ready for a change in their life, but call back later, making use of the information they received, she said.”
Read more on the Perkasie News-Herald.