Narcan (naloxone) is an opiate antidote that reverses the effects of an overdose and saves lives when used in an emergency overdose situation. It is completely safe and highly effective. The FDA recently found the nasal spray version of Narcan to be so important, safe, and effective that it granted Narcan it's Fast Track designation with Priority Review. According to the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “this easy-to- use intranasal formulation will no doubt save many lives.” The Filler family saw this firsthand when Jordan overdosed in their home and survived only because a police officer arrived in minutes and administered Narcan.
With 33,000 lives lost to opiates in 2015, one every 19 minutes, widespread distribution of Narcan will save countless lives. This initiative is a priority of the US Government and JMFF. Obama recently authorized $11 million for Narcan, but it's not nearly enough. Budget constraints at the federal, state, and local level make it impossible to get Narcan into the hands of all first responders, despite requests by most local governments. It is up to each of us to do more.
JMFF is today working closely with Senator Mark Kirk and state and local officials throughout the Chicagoland area, including Cook and Lake County, to get Narcan into the hands of every first responder. We are donating substantial funds and resources to make Narcan a reality and help save lives. In Lake County alone, Narcan has saved nearly 1 life per day in 2016. The need is great and the time is NOW.
Please join us in donating funds for this life saving initiative.