Fairbanks Native Association to distribute Narcan spray on National Overdose Awareness Day

Updated: Aug. 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Native Association will be distributing Narcan spray on National Overdose Awareness Day.

According to Perry Ahsogeak, Director of Behavioral Health for Fairbanks Native Association, Narcan is a important tool in saving someone from an overdose. “On Tuesday we’re going to have a place for people to come in to get supplies of Narcan at the Ralph Perdue Center which is at 3100 South Cushman. Narcan is used as a treatment process for those who are going through an overdose problem. Basically, if you find someone who’s not responsive, they’re not waking up, they’re not listening to you, and they’re not hearing you, and we know that they have an opioid issue, this will help to revive them and take care of that immediately.”

National Overdose Awareness day is an important time to help spread resources and information for those suffering from substance addiction, and Ahsogeak says FNA has several resources to help those in need. “This is a recognized national day for drug overdoses and distributing Narcan, as well as distributing other resources for those going through opioid issues. Not only do we have Gateway to Recovery Withdrawal, which is an opioid treatment program - an average stay is ten days - but we also have outpatient counseling for those that are specifically addressing their opioid issue.”

Ahsogeak also expained that it’s not just those in need of help who are invited to this distribution event. “Anybody that has an opioid issue should come to this opportunity - but we want family members, we want people in the community. Anybody out there can have access to this Narcan so they can help somebody who’s in need. I carry two doses of Narcan in my vehicle, just in the event that if I’m going down the street and I see somebody in distress, that I can have that opportunity to help them.”

The distribution will take place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31st at the Ralph Perdue Center located at 3100 South Cushman Street.

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