First Responders have 6 minutes to make it to an overdose victim and begin administering life-saving Narcan. Sadly, that’s not always possible. The Community of First Responders Initiative is about making Narcan available in public spaces and linking Narcan Carriers with overdose victims while they wait for emergency responders to arrive.
Each year on August 31st International Overdose Awareness Day is held to remember those lost to overdose deaths.
Today, on the eve of the 2019 Overdose Awareness day, we’re delighted to release our CFR introduction video.
A special thanks to our International visitors from Morocco, Mustafa and Samia and their entire team at Artcoustic Creative Studios.
They generously donated their time and expertise to produce an exceptional explainer video to help promote CFR in communities across the country, saving lives with this innovative non-profit program.
The following 3-minute track is the CFR video in its entirety.
This summer, City of Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer partnered with the Summit County Department of Health and Cover2 Resources to implement the country’s first CFR program.
Implementation is a three-step process.
Step 1. Installing stationary NaloxBox units in hotels along the Interstate High way and the Akron Canton Airport.
Step 2. Training volunteers to administer Narcan to overdose victims, registering trained volunteers as Narcan Carriers, and distributing the life-saving drug to CFR members for free.
Step 3. Registering Narcan Carriers and NaloxBoxes in the NaloxoFind app to create a network of Narcan and first responders equipped to administer aid within a two-mile radius of an overdose.
To celebrate our progress, I invite you to share this podcast and video on social media, introduce as many people as you can to this program, and join us for the Barberton Ohio Labor Day Parade Monday, September 2nd. We’ll be there driving an enormous army truck with the Teamsters Local 21 and Travis Bornstein. Come out and Join Us at 16th Street Southwest, Barberton, OH. at 9:30 AM.
Everyone has a role to play, so please, join the fight today and together we can save lives.