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Saving Lives in AZ: MATFORCE & Walmart Featured

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MATFORCE Partners With Walmart and Others to Discuss How to Save Lives in Arizona

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  • Learn more about what MATFORCE and Walmart are doing to save lives
  • Naloxone can save the life of someone who is suffering the effects of an opioid overdose
  • You can get Naloxone without a prescription
  • Save a life - it may be someone you love!
  • Read more…

 

Naloxone is available without a prescription

Yavapai County, AZ – Early this year, somewhere in Yavapai County, a 12-year-old child experienced a potentially deadly opioid overdose. This child’s life was saved by a quick-thinking police officer who administered the lifesaving opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone. After investigation, it was found that this child was consuming alcohol and took a pill they found in their home. It was a counterfeit pill believed to contain a deadly dose of fentanyl.

It is easy to justify saving the life of a 12-year-old child who accidently overdosed. However, there is stigma surrounding the use of naloxone for many reasons. The most common reasons being that some people who use opioids regularly have been saved from a deadly overdose multiple times, and the only people who carry naloxone are people who use drugs.

Naloxone is an FDA approved lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It is simple to use and there is no harm in administering this medication to someone who you suspect is experiencing an overdose, even if you are unsure.

It’s important to understand that naloxone saves the life of an individual that uses opioids thereby giving that individual the opportunity for another chance at treatment and sobriety. And a person that carries naloxone is a person that facilitates that opportunity for an individual that uses opioids.

Do you want to learn more about naloxone? Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, MATFORCE has teamed with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and Walmart to host a discussion and virtual reality demonstration on how to save a life by reversing an opioid overdose. As many communities face escalating overdose rates, it has never been more important to know how to save a life.

With a little effort you can find naloxone across Arizona. It’s available without a prescription in pharmacies and community distribution sites across Arizona. For more information or to find naloxone near you visit NaloxoneAZ.com.

For more information about MATFORCE visit matforce.org.

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MATFORCE is a community organization that educates and raises awareness about substance abuse issues, and advocates for policy change throughout Yavapai County. With over 300 active volunteers, MATFORCE encompasses the belief that stopping drug use before it starts through primary prevention strategies is an essential part of building healthier communities. Programs of MATFORCE include drug prevention education in the schools, the Yavapai Reentry Project, Trauma Lens Care, public awareness and education campaigns, and advocating for policy change at the state and local level. For more information about MATFORCE visit matforce.org or our family of websites: MarijuanaHarmlessThinkAgain.org  |  OpioidOD.com  |  YavapaiReentryProject.org  |  TraumaLensCare.org  |  SACLAz.org  |  NaloxoneAZ.com  |  TalkNowAZ.com  |  TheNewMeth.com  |  CommunityReentryProjects.org

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