Things overheard in a coffee shop

An otherwise not-worldly-wise looking woman, sitting at a table right in front of me.  She’s talking about living in Berkley, then moving ‘back east’.  She first mentions a women’s clinic.  Then she mentions a methodone clinic.  Then the people she met while working on a needle exchange program.

Here’s the kicker…she’s working on a “Narcan Project”.  She wants to give out Narcan at the methadone clinic.  Wha???

As sympathetic as I can be, somehow I think there is a limit to what you can do for drug abusers.

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  2 comments for “Things overheard in a coffee shop

  1. December 7, 2007 at 7:39 am

    On the one hand, I agree that there is a limit to what we can do. On the other hand, Narcan is cheap, doesn’t have side-effects, is easy to give, and could reduce both patient mortality and EMS/ED workload.

    I worked (and called) a stupid code the other night of a young drug abuser that would have been preventable with some IM narcan (since her idiot friends were very reluctant to call and waited way, way, way too long).

  2. December 14, 2007 at 6:33 am

    The SF Dept of Public Health is already giving out Narcan to heroin users. Pilot program’s been going on for almost a year now.

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