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Published on May 31, 2015
Ashley recounts how Naloxone (sometimes referred by the brand name Narcan) saved her life and advocates for the wider distribution of this safe treatment to reverse fatal heroin and other opioid overdoses.
"I actually had a friend who overdosed. I felt like I should go to his wake and just pay my respects.
I went up to his mother and shook her hand and said, “I’m sorry for your loss”. But I don’t think there’s anything you can say to a mother who just lost their child to a needless death. If she had Narcan available, she could have narcanned her son and saved his life.
The first time I ever did heroin, I sniffed it. Then I saw how high he was from shooting it, so I was like, “I want to be that high”, so I had him shoot me up. Then my life was completely over from there.
I had just gotten out of detox. I received Narcan training. I brought it home and show my husband, this is what I got in detox, if someone is overdosing.
I was a couple of days clean and I used…he looked over and I was passed out. I was blue, my lips were blue, my face was gray, I just wasn’t moving. I was lifeless.
He assembled the Narcan and administered it. If it wasn’t for the Narcan, I would have been dead. I have a second chance at life. I never would have had a chance to be a mother. I would never have had a chance to get clean.
If Narcan is more readily available, then we can save more lives. So many needless deaths occur because of heroin overdoses.
Some people don’t think that there is enough evidence to support the distribution of Narcan.