Opioid Rescue Kits

We begin with a big effort to combat the opioid crisis in the state of Alaska. Your Alaska Link’s La’shawn Donelson shows us the overdose kits being made by one group, that could end up saving a lot of lives.

Across the nation, over 107,000 Americans have died because of an overdose last year, and Alaska has seen the highest rate in any state. The Anchorage Health Department is helping build life saving kits. The Alaska National Guard and the Anchorage Health Department’s project hope teamed up to help build heroin and opioid overdose rescue kits.

“Assembling life saving naloxone kits to distribute throughout the state to assist with our opioid problem.” – Kimberly Westfall/Counter Drug Coordinator

And the goal of building the kits.

“Build 3000 kids today, and those are going to be distributed at various sites all over Anchorage where people can go and collect them.” – Dylan Pearce/ Anchorage Health Department

Inside the kits.

“Every kit comes with a fentanyl test strip, and the purpose of that test trip is to test illicit substances for the presence of opioids, fentanyl, specifically.” – Dylan Pearce/ Anchorage Health Department

During an overdose or poisoning event, the nasal sprays inside each kit temporarily reverse the life threatening effects of opioids like fentanyl that gives first responders time to save a life. Mayor Bronson agrees making these kits available is a great idea.

“This is important because at some point in someone’s life in Anchorage, it could be make the matter of the difference of life and death.” – Mayor Dave Bronson/ Anchorage

And volunteers from the community helped make that happen.

“I’m a recovering addict and it’s if it can help somebody save a life even better.” – Glenn Butts/Volunteer

“I’m volunteering in name of my brother Dale, who passed away last year. And I strongly support this organization.” – Faith Faithbranlett

“I am a teacher with the Anchorage School District and I certainly care about my kids. I know addiction has personally touched my life and it touches a lot of theirs.” – Sydney Childress/Want To Makes A Impact To Her Students

You can pick up a rescue kit at any project hope partner, including the clinic at 825 L street.

La’shawn Donelson Your Alaska Link