There will soon be a N-POD (Narcan Point of Distribution) in front of the Truxton Fire Station, Healing Cortland has announced in a release. The N-POD will expand on public access to life-saving medication when someone is overdosing from an opioid.
Both Healing Cortland and the Healing Hearts Collaborative have partnered to install the N-PODS in various locations throughout the county. Both organizations and members of the Truxton Fire Department, County Officials, will hold an official press conference outside the Truxton Fire Station on Wednesday August 30th at 6pm to discuss more on the N-POD and show their support for Truxton Fire Department in their efforts to save lives.
“When used during those crucial moments, Narcan can mean the difference between life and death. An N-POD provides around-the-clock easy access to this life-saving tool, and we are hoping that through this program, easy access happens for rural areas, helping to save more lives.” Dean O’Gorman, Director of Healing Hearts Collaborative said in a press release.
The N-POD will be secured in a plastic housing mounted to a wall and will contain 9 doses of Narcan nasal spray. Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is a medication approved to reverse overdose by opioids and is given to a person showing signs of an opioid overdose. It will block the toxic effects of the overdose and will restore breathing to an individual.
Healing Cortland says the N-PODS will be similar to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), both will provide life-saving resources in a time of emergency and include instructions for proper use. An instruction booklet with written and graphic instructions on Narcan administration will be included in all the boxes.
You can learn more about the ongoing effort to install N-PODs in rural communities within Cortland County HERE.