Members of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association have been trained in the use of Narcan, which the National Institute on Drug Abuse describes as a “medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.”
As the opioid epidemic continues to generate staggering numbers of fatalities, Marylanders might consider whether to stock up on an antidote to overdoses that’s called naloxone.
The medication comes in the form of a nasal spray, called Narcan, or an injection, called Evzio. The FDA-approved prescription medications can counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid-related overdose.
In June 2017, Maryland’s deputy secretary of public health issued a statewide standing order for naloxone. That means pharmacies are allowed to sell the medication to anyone, without a need for a paper or electronic prescription.
As the number of drug-related deaths in Maryland climbs, funeral directors are calling themselves the "last responders" to the opioid epidemic. They're considering stocking the antidote Narcan for themselves, their staffs and mourners; a Timonium funeral home already has the drug on hand.