Require that all passenger airplanes carry Naloxone to reverse Opioid Overdose.

Require that all passenger airplanes carry Naloxone to reverse Opioid Overdose.

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On July 13, 2019, a man overdosed on Delta Flight 2351 from Boston to Los Angeles. By the time the paramedics arrived 10 minutes after the plane landed, he had died and was carried off the plane in a body bag. The Delta emergency medical kit did not contain Narcan (generic name naloxone), a drug that serves as an "emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose" (What Is NARCAN® (Naloxone) Nasal Spray). This drug does not require medical training to administer, is available over the counter, and is covered by most insurance plans. 

The Federal Aviation Administration does not require that airlines carry a Narcan kit in their emergency bags. Major US airlines such as American Airlines, JetBlue, and United Airlines do not carry naloxone in their onboard medical kits.


The overdose on July 13 was not the first opioid overdose that took place on a Delta flight. In 2018, a passenger overdosed, fortunately being saved by paramedics after landing. However, this incident was not enough to force Delta and other US airlines to carry Narcan kits on all flights. 


"Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015. From 1999 to 2008, overdose death rates, sales and substance use disorder treatment admissions related to prescription pain relievers increased in parallel.” 


"In 2015, 276,000 adolescents were current nonmedical users of pain reliever, with 122,000 having an addiction to prescription pain relievers. In 2015, an estimated 21,000 adolescents had used heroin in the past year, and an estimated 5,000 were current heroin users. Additionally, an estimated 6,000 adolescents had heroin a heroin use disorder in 2014.”


Please join me in signing this petition to require that all US airlines carry Narcan kits, a lifesaving drug, in their medical kits. This small and inexpensive improvement has the ability and potential to save countless lives. 

Bibliography

Avalle, Nicolas, and Nicolas Avalle. “Airlines Have Started Carrying Narcan Onboard Amid Opioid Epidemic.” The Points Guy, The Points Guy, 19 July 2019, thepointsguy.com/news/airlines-have-started-carrying-narcan-onboard-amid-opioid-epidemic/.


Chris Riotta New York @chrisriotta. “Delta to Carry Narcan on Planes after Passenger 'Carried out in Body Bag' Following Overdose.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 17 July 2019, www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/delta-airline-overdose-flight-narcan-drug-death-body-bag-a9009826.html


Gilmour, Jared. “Delta Passenger Carried off Plane 'in a Body Bag' after Bathroom Overdose, Flier Says.” Miamiherald, Miami Herald, www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article232744657.html


Jones, Julia. “Delta's on-Board Emergency Medical Kits Will Now Include a Powerful Overdose-Reversal Drug.” CNN, Cable News Network, 18 July 2019, www.cnn.com/2019/07/17/us/delta-naloxone-trnd/index.html


“Narcan Missing From Airlines' Med Kits.” EMS World, 1 Dec. 2018, www.emsworld.com/article/1221793/narcan-missing-airlines-med-kits


“Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts & Figures.” American Society of Addiction Medicine , 2016, www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf


“What Is NARCAN® (Naloxone) Nasal Spray.” What Is NARCAN® (Naloxone) Nasal Spray, www.narcan.com/ 

 

 

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