Emergency overdose prevention medication Narcan to be distributed free May 4

Opioid-related drug overdoses continue to surge in Snohomish County and rates among adolescents aged 14-18 have increased as well. The Verdant Health Commission, in partnership with Lynnwood Police Department, will offer a free drive-thru Narcan kit pickup event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 -196th St. S.W. in Lynnwood.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a safe and effective medicine that can reverse the harmful effects of an opioid overdose, including ones caused by fentanyl. Naloxone is available in a nasal spray that is easy to use and can be given to anyone, at any age, during a suspected drug overdose. Narcan has no harmful effects even if opioids are not present in the system.

Every family is encouraged to have at least one kit at home as drug overdoses can occur at all ages and may also affect seniors on prescription medications. More than 400 kits will be available for pick up on Saturday and residents are encouraged to arrive early to pick one up.


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