More People Carrying Naloxone in Southern Oregon

One local mom says she's doing everything she can to try and prevent her loved one from being a part of Medford’s recent spike in heroin overdoses. NewsWatch 12's Eliana Sheriff explains how she's now part of the growing public that carries a life-saving drug.

Posted: Apr. 18, 2018 11:32 PM
Updated: Apr. 18, 2018 11:38 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- Naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, is no longer only found in emergency rooms and police cars.
Now some concerned citizens carry it too.

Jessica Peters says, "I'm just afraid I am going to lose her… I lost my younger sister to the same thing, so I just want to take every measure I can."

Jessica Peters is referring to her daughter, who she says she's seen struggling with a heroin addiction for years.

Jessica Peters says, "It's just such a horrible, horrible drug. It just takes them over."

Wednesday's community training on naloxone was one of the busiest yet.

Even the U.S. Surgeon General is advising the public to carry naloxone...and police support it too.

More people die from drug overdose deaths than car accidents.

While naloxone doesn't treat someone's addiction, it does give someone another chance at life.

Dennis Mihocko volunteers at St. Vincent De Paul says he sees a lot of young people fighting this addiction.

He hopes having the drug on hand will help give more people a second chance at life.

Dennis Mihocko says, "You got every chance until you take your last breath you still got a chance. And so, who are we to judge and say no, you don't deserve to live."

Max's Mission says this was one of their busiest community trainings yet.

They handed out over 45 nasal sprays and over 15 injectable kits.

The next meeting in Medford is May 23rd, from 4-7pm at the library.

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