Last week @flatspotshop // @highspot.skatehouse was trained to administer Naloxone in case of an overdose emergency.
Today we unfortunately needed to use our kits for someone on Pender Street. They were down, blue, unresponsive and getting worse. Despite a crowd around them no one had or knew what to do. We recognized the emergency from down the block and jumped in. Within minutes they were alive, on their feet and confused.
After reviving them, they didn't want to go to the hospital. As it turns out, this wasn't a 'junkie' from the downtown east side and they didn't live on the street. I walked them home across town to find that they were my age, married, employed and had a very big mortgage to go with with a waterfront view.
If you think there is a stereotype for drug abuse you're wrong. If you think it can't happen to you, you're wrong. If you think no one you know or hang out with can be affected, your wrong. We all know there are only six degrees of seperating anyone of us from someone who is at risk of overdose. Right now Fentanyl is in everything and the risk is greater than it has ever been. If you have not trained in saving a life, you're at risk of losing someone you know and possibly love.
This happened at 230pm on a Friday in broad daylight on a very busy street. His family didnt know where he was. He had a Naloxone rig loaded in hand and couldnt save himself.
One week ago and this person might have died. There is a Fentanyl epidemic that doesn't care what race or creed, class or gender. If you take drugs you're at risk. Be careful out there. Someone might not be there to save you.
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