Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Advocates now pushing for the use of Naloxone, or Narcan to be given to first responders

An amazing video showing a North Carolina female heroin addict on death's door regaining consciousness after she's given a dose of a new life-saving drug is now being used by the drug's advocates. The advocates say that the drug, called Naloxone, or Narcan should be given to first responders who are confronted with life-and-death situations where a person is suffering from a drug overdose.

Given a second chance at life, this North Carolina woman known only as 'Liz' checked herself into rehab after being revived by new miracle drug.

Given a second chance at life, this North Carolina woman known only as "Liz" checked herself into rehab after being revived by new miracle drug.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Naxalone, Narcan, drug overdose, drug advocates


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Narcan can revive addicts during an overdose - but only if it's quickly administered.

Dr Sanjay Gupta, in an effort to disburse the drug to non-medical first responders - and even non-emergency workers, screened a video of how one 29-year-old addict got a second chance at life thanks to the drug.

Said video shows a woman identified only as Liz, taking drugs since she was 11, passed out from an overdose of heroin. "She seemed to be pretty unresponsive, we were noticing a bluing of the lips, lack of oxygen. So her breathing had become quite shallow," Adam Wigglesworth, who found the dying the woman in August says.

Both Wigglesworth and Louise Vincent volunteer with a program in Greensboro, North Carolina which provides clean needles and assistance to addicts.

Attempting to revive Liz by regulating her breathing, the two inject her with Naloxene. Another shot of the drug after she fails to respond successfully revives her.

Moving her up into a sitting position, four emergency room physicians validated the video's authenticity to CNN.

Liz credits both Wigglesworth and Vincent for giving her the drug that saved her life. "I can't believe that somebody cared about me enough or loved me enough to being me back," Liz said of the life-saving shots. Liz then checked into a rehab facility.

Many people are now lobbying for the right of first responders and lay people to carry the drug. 

Fire Chief Warren Thomas in La Crosse, Wisconsin is trying to get approval to use the drug on overdose patients if they arrive before ambulance personnel.

"If we get to a call where we're a few minutes ahead of Tri-State and we know it's a known overdose, we can get this Narcan into the patient's system and start reversing the effects of that drug before a sudden cardiac arrest occurs," Chief Warren says.

"That would just be one more patient that hopefully would walk out of the hospital and try to get some help."

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Health

Are YOU safe?: Zika spreads across the U.S. Watch

Image of Zika continues to spread across the United States (James Gathany/CDC).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The first confirmed case of the Zika virus has been discovered in Alabama, making it the 20th U.S. state to be affected by the dangerous disease. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Daily Mail, Dr. Tom Miller, Alabama's acting state health officer, ... continue reading


Low-carb is so last year! This year incorporate more grains like barley! Watch

Image of Is barley the new superfood (CureJoy)?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Did you resolve to eat healthier this year? Did you promise yourself you would lose weight? You're in luck! Barley may be the first step on the road to weight-loss and healthy eating. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - For the past few years, people have sworn off ... continue reading


Can science STOP breast cancer from spreading? Watch

Image of Scientists are one step closer to stopping breast cancer in its tracks (Rudyanto Wijaya/iStock).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Researchers believe they have discovered a protein that can prevent the spread of breast cancer! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The protein, called EPHA2, was discovered to stop cancer cells from leaving blood vessels and spreading to other areas.The Cancer ... continue reading


No human rights for the unborn - UN proposes to kill babies, instead of Zika virus Watch

Image of UN Human Rights Commissioner, Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein [not pictured], has suggested abortion as a solution to the Zika crisis.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The UN is now politicizing the spread of the Zika virus to promote abortion. The virus, which is carried by mosquitoes and can also be transmitted sexually, causes significant birth defects in children resulting in lifelong developmental and cognitive impairment. The ... continue reading


Native American Health Facilities 'Horrifying' Practices: Woman dies on floor of hospital room after staff causes her to overdose Watch

Image of Native American health facilities (not pictured) are so underfunded that poorly trained staff are responsible for serious illnesses and even preventable deaths.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, several witnesses stepped forward to ask the federal government to fund the struggling Indian Health Service, only to be told that government officials were unable to procure the necessary resources. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Florida Gorvernor declares state of emergency with Zika virus outbreak Watch

Image of At least nine people have been diagnosed with the Zika Virus in Florida (James Gathany/CDC).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency after nine cases were diagnosed from people who travelled to Zika-dense regions. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The state of emergency affects Tampa Bay, south and southwest Florida and Santa Rosa County. ... continue reading


Zika virus sexually transmitted in first U.S. case Watch

Image of Zika has been transmitted within the United States.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The first known case of the Zika virus being locally acquired in the United States has occured in Dallas, Texas. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dallas County health officials confirmed a recent traveler to Venezuela infected their partner after a sexual ... continue reading


Has the origin of the dangerous Zika virus been found? What really started the outbreak? Watch

Image of Women returning from affected areas are being warned to postpone conceive for at least a month in case they have been infected (India News).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Most of Latin America - along with the rest of the world, is frantically trying to come to grips with an outbreak of Zika. The mosquito-borne illness usually leaves patients with mild, flu-like symptoms but causes a wide variety of birth defects to expectant ... continue reading


Scientists get permission to carry out horrifying genetic experiments on babies, then destroy them! Watch

Image of The era of designer babies is about to begin. The only cost is the lives of hundreds, possibly thousands of other babies.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists in England have been given permission to start genetic experiments with unborn children. The scientists intend to turn off genes in between 30 - 120 unborn children just to see what happens. They claim the experiments will give them new insights that can aid ... continue reading


Is Alzheimer's contagious? Find out NOW! Watch

Image of Doctors continue to investigate whether Alzheimer's can be spread from one person to another (Alamy).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Professor John Collinge, the head of neurodegenerative disease at University College London, believes Alzheimer's disease can by transmissible from one person to another during invasive medical procedures -but is he right? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a study ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Reading for Saturday, February 13th, 2016 HD Video
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • The Way of the Cross continues on
  • Daily Readings for Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Daily Reading for Friday, February 12th, 2016 HD Video
  • Is Valentine's Day...? (Take the quick survey!)
  • St. Buonfiglio Monaldo: Saint of the Day for Friday, February 12, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:1-9
1 Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:14-15
14 Then John's disciples came to him and said, 'Why is it that we and the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 12th, 2016 Image

St. Buonfiglio Monaldo
February 12: He was one of seven Florentines who had joined ... Read More