Blue Cross of Massachusetts Pilot Program Provides Naloxone Training

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts announced a pilot program that will train people to use the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, The Boston Globe reports.

The pilot will include a construction company and a carpenters’ union. A recent study found construction workers in Massachusetts are six times more likely to die of overdoses than other workers. The other participants are the town of Ware and the city of Brockton, which have workers who may find people who have overdosed in public parks and libraries. Blue Cross is also training its own 3,700 employees.

Participants in the program will receive kits with two doses of naloxone nasal spray, a surgical mask and gloves, and instructions on how to administer the medication. Blue Cross will provide training on how to use the kits.

How to Use Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Save Lives

A variety of drugs and drug combinations carry the risk of fatal overdose. Emergency protocol for any suspected overdose includes calling 911. However, in the case of opioids, which includes heroin and prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) can reverse an overdose, potentially saving a loved one’s life.

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