“Orange County will supply more than 6,200 doses of a heroin-blocking medication to a local nonprofit that hands it out to homeless people and addicts, helping them become street-level paramedics in the fight against a scourge of opioid overdoses. The medication, naloxone, is easy to administer and can block the effect of any opioid – including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin – reversing potentially fatal overdoses in seconds when in possession of drug users. Orange County, like the rest of the nation, has seen a spike in opioid overdoses in recent years. There were at least 400 fatal drug overdoses in the county in 2015, the last year for which full records were immediately available, a 63 percent increase from a decade prior. That spike has occurred despite the efforts of the Solace Foundation, a local nonprofit that distributes naloxone weekly to people at the Santa Ana Civic Center. The group says its efforts saved as many as 420 lives last year. ”
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