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Posted on: February 5, 2024

Cochise County Congratulates Canyon Vista Medical Center for their Naloxone Distribution Program

Canyon Vista Naloxone Program Ribbon cuttting ceremony (JPG)

On Thursday February 1, representatives from Cochise County Health & Social Services were delighted to celebrate Canyon Vista Medical Center (CVMC) as they introduced their Naloxone Distribution Program (NDP) with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the hospital’s beautiful lobby area. Many providers and hospital staff were in attendance as the new program was introduced by Emergency Department director Amanda Mancini.

 

"Cochise County Health and Social Services is invested in being a strong supporter of Canyon Vista’s Emergency Department Naloxone Kit Distribution Project," said Health Director Barb Lang at today's ceremony.

 

"Keeping the stigma of addiction going has only pushed community members to hide in the shadows for fear of judgement. Addiction is a treatable disease and not a moral failing. It is time to get Naloxone into the community where people need it most. The misuse of opiates is a public health concern, and by promoting interventions that can assist in saving a life, we are all part of the solution."

 

"It is important for anyone administering Naloxone to know that it is a temporary measure that is used to bring a person to consciousness until medical professionals can arrive. Any person using Naloxone on someone should call 911 immediately afterwards to ensure that the proper medical treatment is received to address the medical emergency."

 

This program allows hospitals to provide free naloxone take-home kits to at risk patients. CVMC has diligently adhered to all program requirements, including:

 

  • Employing approved screening assessment tool to determine kit eligibility.
  • Establishing a comprehensive staff education program to ensure that all staff is ready to explain overdose recognition and naloxone administration and emphasized non-stigmatizing language when discussing overdoses with patients and their families.
  • Ensuring that every patient receives both verbal and printed overdose recognition and response education.
  • Providing an extensive list of state and local treatment options upon discharge.

 

CVMC remains on the forefront of the overdose crisis. They are committed to offering new and innovative ways to empower their patients and combat these preventable deaths.

 

To learn more about the NDP and to find out how to obtain a Naloxone Kit for yourself, contact Kendra Allen, Cochise County's Overdose Prevention Program Coordinator at kallen@cochise.az.gov or by calling (520) 432-9471.

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