County holds Narcan Night Oct. 24 at Oak Harbor Library

County officials want to remind the public that, although there is more awareness of the issue, the opioid crisis is far from over.

People are still becoming addicted to prescription and intravenous opioids and many still die from accidental overdose.

“This isn’t anything we’re done with,” said Betsy Griffith, county human services behavioral health program lead.

The opioid outreach team is hosting Narcan Night 6 p.m., Oct. 24 at Oak Harbor Library to discuss warning signs of overdose, how to properly store and dispose of prescription medication, treatment for opioid addiction and what to do in a crisis.

A key aspect of a crisis response is having Narcan, a brand name for naloxone, which can counter the effects of opioid overdose. It’s administered through a nasal spray and is considered safe.

The medication will be handed out at the event, and naloxone is also available to anyone through a pharmacy by a standing order from the state health officer.

It is covered by most health insurance plans and Washington residents covered by the state’s Medicaid program can obtain naloxone at no cost.

“Having a medication that can reverse an overdose in everyone’s hands is the best-case scenario,” Griffith said.

Narcan Night, which is slated to last about an hour, is also aimed at diminishing the stigma around addiction and discussing the pervasiveness of the problem in the county.

Griffith, a county public health nurse and an Island County Sheriff’s Office deputy will speak on the effects of the crisis on the community.

“More than ever, the opioid epidemic is really proving no one is safe from it,” Griffith said.

People who are more predisposed to dependency can become addicted in as little as two weeks of using prescription opioids, she said. Young people who have surgery for injuries, older adults who use them for pain management and others are all at risk of misuse or accidental overdose.

“It’s really a powerful thing that we have something that can give someone a second chance,” Griffith said.

More in News

Participants, workers sought for 2020 census

As federal census preparations intensify in Island County, researchers emphasize the historical… Continue reading

New Mexican restaurant opens in Oak Harbor

A new Mexican restaurant opened Wednesday in what used to be the… Continue reading

Holland Happening will retain its name

Holland Happening is going to be happening after all. Leaders at the… Continue reading

Ebey’s farm leases awarded to organic potato growers

Three properties in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve will… Continue reading

Charges filed in accidental restaurant shooting

The volunteer coach for the Oak Harbor High School’s NJROTC air rifle… Continue reading

$500,000 bail set for molesting suspect

A 34-year-old Navy man accused of child molestation is being held on… Continue reading

Effort gets rolling to save iconic OH barn

In the era of A-ha and parachute pants — the 1980s —… Continue reading

Family forced out of home by flooding

While the sun is a welcome reprieve and the City of Oak… Continue reading

Health workers on lookout for coronavirus

One person in Island County who had possible contact with the coronavirus… Continue reading

Most Read