HarborPath Donates 1,000 Vials of Naloxone to Seattle Fire Department
HarborPath, a national nonprofit with over a decade of experience in providing free medication to those in need, has donated 1,000 vials of intramuscular Naloxone to the Seattle Fire Department. The donation from Hikma was made to aid first responders in saving lives from the illicit fentanyl and opioid overdose crisis.
Ken Trogdon —
Also commonly known as Narcan, Naloxone blocks the opioid effects from the brain, quickly reversing overdoses and saving lives. The Naloxone contribution is part of HarborPath’s initiative to make the life-saving drug available and affordable in communities across the country.
“Naloxone is vital in our treatment of the many patients who find themselves in the grip of the opioid epidemic,” said Shata Stephenson, Acting Deputy Chief of Seattle Fire – Medic One. “Based on the scope of the problem here in the City of Seattle, Seattle Fire Department Firefighter/EMT-Bs have received authorization to deliver Naloxone intramuscularly. Your donation is the very medicine we are prioritizing for this life-saving effort.”
Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that more than 110,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in the 12 months ending March 2022. A Washington Post analysis of recent CDC data concluded that fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 49.
“Across the country, first responders are on the front lines of our nation’s battle against drug overdoses,” said HarborPath president Ken Trogdon. “We’re incredibly grateful for the efforts of the Seattle Fire Department and countless other public safety agencies working to save lives from the grip of illicit fentanyl and illegal street drugs. Naloxone is a proven way to save lives and it’s our hope that this donation will make a difference in life-or-death situations.”
HarborPath aims to build on local efforts with a multi-state approach to deploying Naloxone through nonprofit organizations, county health departments, college and university health centers, or directly to consumers. To learn more about its efforts, visit HarborPath.org/naloxone-program.