Reduce the deaths due to overdoses in Edmonton
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After my experience as a teen, saving a man on the street from an apparent opioid overdose, I want to take action. Every day at least 2 Albertans die from an opioid overdose. I have devised a plan to reduce the deaths after my heartbreaking encounter. I would like your support on my objective. I have emailed the mayor, Don Iveson requesting to meet with him. My plan of action is to get Naloxone, also known as Narcan, on the streets in a similar way we have AED Defibrillators in buildings, which can save someone undergoing cardiac arrest. After some digging on the internet, I found BluePoint medical alert. If you're unfamiliar, it works in the same way a fire alarm is used. When pulled it will alert EMS of the location of a medical emergency (https://www.bluepointalert.com/medical-alert/ ). I plan to persuade the mayor to install these, along with Narcan (nasal spray) in a breakable glass box, similar to those when you pull fire alarms. Narcan nasal spray is an easy use device that contains no needles which will help prevent suspected misuse from addicts themselves, looking for needles. (https://www.narcannasalspray.ca/en The combination of Narcan nasal spray and BluePoint medical alert will be available to the public, as a way to save someone of a suspected overdose. Not only that but it will also alert the EMS in a case where you don't have a phone on you to call yourself. Available to the public, perhaps a passerby, but most importantly, including the homeless addicts themselves, afraid to get in trouble or unable to call for help. I believe we should have these medical emergency boxes in areas where we know drug use is most prevalent, especially with the rapid rise of fentanyl appearing on the streets. Perhaps you know someone, or were to close to someone who unfortunately had their life taken due to an accidental overdose. Wouldn't you have wanted a chance for someone, even a stranger, to save their lives? With this plan in action, now we can. Opioid overdoses affect all of us, even if it doesn't quite seem like it. Similar to a butterfly effect. It affects families dealing with addicts, children, and even passerbys, seeing someone overdosed on the street. Leaving emotional scarring and wreckage for them to deal with themselves. Overdoses are heartbreaking and the rapidly rising deaths are even more traumatic. Saving someone who is apparent to be overdosing and sending them to the hospital can not only can save a life, but gives them a second chance. To turn their life around for the better. Get help and get back to being who they once were before being absorbed into a life of addiction that they can't quite seem to push out of. Join me on my mission to install medical emergency boxes, on sides of buildings, easy to access for anyone. With these medical emergency boxes we can work together as a community to prevent deaths due to the rising opioid epidemic. Together we can help saves lives and give those affected, a second chance.
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