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Narcan Community Distribution Program

Mecklenburg County, NC
Program Year: 2019

Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic) partnered with Cardinal Health and the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) to develop the Narcan Community Distribution Program, an initiative that allows Paramedics and Emergency Management Technicians to distribute Narcan, an effective antidote to opioids, directly in the community when they encounter people who are at a high risk for opioid overdose. As of March 2019, Medic crews have distributed 1442 Narcan doses to at-risk individuals and those in their support system. The Narcan Community Distribution Program has also documented 45 cases of bystander Narcan administration prior to EMS arrival. An additional 1242 doses of Narcan were provided to other local first responder agencies and substance abuse programs to further expand Narcan availability in Mecklenburg County.

Mr. Lester Oliva
Public Relations