MN Fast Tracker for Help

Looking for help? Are you trying to find assessment or treatment services available? The MN Fast Tracker system is a real-time, online directory for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder services in Minnesota. You can get easily connected and see what beds or services are available. Website: http://www.fast-trackermn.org/ Source: MN Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division

How to Administer Naloxone

How to Administer Naloxone Naloxone is administered as a nasal spray or via injection, depending on which of the following devices it has been prepared for and packaged with. 1. Evzio auto-injector With U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2014, this was the first auto-injector approved for non-clinical settings. The auto-injector administers a single dose of naloxone with a retractable needle, avoiding accidental needles sticks and any additional assembly. To use, place the black end against the middle of the person’s outer thigh, through clothing (pants, jeans, etc.) if necessary, then press firmly and hold in place for 5 seconds. For extra reassurance, the device has a voic

What is Naloxone?

NALOXONE SAVES LIVES A variety of drugs and drug combinations carry the risk of fatal overdose. Emergency protocol for any suspected overdose includes calling 911. However, in the case of opioids, which includes heroin and prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) can reverse an overdose, potentially saving a loved one’s life. What Puts One at Risk for Overdose? Anyone using opioids, whether for recreational purposes or otherwise, can be at risk for overdose. Other risk factors include: Using or taking drugs alone Mixing opioids with other drugs like alcohol, benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax and Ativan) and prescription sti

Minnesota counties, cities joining rush of lawsuits against opioid producers

Several of Minnesota’s largest counties and cities are on the verge of joining a national wave of government lawsuits targeting pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for the public cost of the opioid crisis. Commissioners of at least a half dozen county boards authorized their attorneys this month to enter into agreements with private law firms to either sue or consider litigation, including Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, Chisago, Mower and Steele counties. On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council decided to file suit. St. Paul also plans to do so, a mayoral spokesman said. They are joining scores of county and local governments throughout the country alleging manufacturers and distribu

Autism, sleep apnea added to medical cannabis qualifiers

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota health officials say they're adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana can help people with severe autism or obstructive apnea. “Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” said Ehlinger. “However, there is increasing evidence for potential benefits of medical cannabis for those with severe autism and obstructive sleep apnea.” The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be added as qualifiers to recei

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