Narcan Training with Southern Tier AIDS Program

Hi all! Meg here. I wanted to talk a little bit about the experience Kamran and I had yesterday with the wonderful staff of Southern Tier AIDS Program in Ithaca.

Yesterday, we received training in the use of naloxone (aka “Narcan”) to prevent opioid death from overdose. Deep appreciation and gratitude goes out to the folks working at S.T.A.P. for everything they do to help those who are hurting. They will provide free training to any individual or business on how to prevent death by opioid overdose. In addition to providing free training, they give you a rescue kit for free, which you may restock with them at no charge.

I hope we never have to use our kits, but I am so, so glad we now know how. We feel very strongly about advocating for the addict population.

Instead of demonizing people with addictions, try showing loving-kindness to those living with tremendous amounts of emotional and physical pain. Instead of asking “Why?!” from your perspective, understand that there are often so many reasons why, which we are lucky to not experience, or even understand, ourselves. **If you do not understand, you are lucky.** People learn coping mechanisms (healthy, or not) as the result of exposure to repeated stress and trauma. It begins as an adaptation initially, which helps… Until it doesn’t. Try to understand and imagine someone else’s perspective and life.

Did you know that now they make Narcan as a nasal spray? And it is actually twice the dose of typical IV Narcan…. plus you don’t have to stab a friend or stranger! Always a bonus…. (I like stabbing with acupuncture needles, NOT hypodermicΒ πŸ˜–πŸ˜΅).

Many types of free clinics offer this training for free, as well as resources for addicts to receive clean needles and sharps containers to prevent the spread of deadly contagious disease. These are already people who are sick and hurting– preventing more illness is paramount. Please show compassion and seek this training. Kamran and I are stoked to be volunteering our services this September at the 21st AIDS Ride for Life (and I am already thinking about fundraising for next year’s ride so I can get on my bike and participate).

AND STILL, MORE AWESOME NEWS…. I am thrilled to announce that I have finally been approved by New York state to begin working! I will be working with Coleen and Tim Foley at the wonderful Ithaca Community Acupuncture within the next couple weeks. I absolutely love their clinic and their mission. It is a truly unique clinic environment which lends itself to DEEP relaxation not often found in other settings. Their sliding scale fees make the necessary frequency of acupuncture treatments (especially early on) affordable for those who are paying out of pocket!!! Community acupuncture empowers people to not have their healthcare choices dictated by what their insurance company will or will not cover.

Ithaca Community Acupuncture also provides $5 “drop-in” appointments to receive auricular (ear) acupuncture to help treating smoking cessation! Yeah, you read that right… Five bucks. Moreover, acupuncture is a proven-effective alternative for opioid use, and regular treatment can assist in curbing the discomfort of the withdrawal process. If you have questions about this, please feel free to send a message to me on our Facebook or Instagram!

If you made it this far, thanks for reading my first official blog post! I’m so excited to share more with all of you!!

Megan

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