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City receives Narcan donation
City receives Narcan donation
Posted on 05/08/2018
Thanks to First Pharmacy Services, the City of Memphis received a donation Tuesday of 6,900 doses of the life-saving drug Narcan. It will be used to help police officers and firefighters save lives from opioid overdoses.

City receives Narcan donation to help save livesLast year, more than 1,600 Tennesseans died from overdoses, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. In Memphis alone, 19 people have died this year from overdoses. City leaders are hopeful the donation will help lower the amount of deaths.

“We don’t want a single death,” Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said. “This grant will help all of our officers carry Narcan.”

Said Mayor Jim Strickland: “This is remarkable. Narcan has a remarkable ability to turn that overdose patient around.”

If used in time, Narcan can block the effects of an opioid overdose. It can either be injected into the person or used as a nasal spray, and works within minutes.

Denise Pratt of First Pharmacy Services was behind the effort of securing the grant for the Narcan donation. “It’s our duty to help someone,” she said. “I would do anything to help save someone’s life. We want to help as many people as we can.”
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