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Naloxone Saved My Life

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Meet Daniel and hear the story of how naloxone, compassion, and harm reduction saved his life–literally.

This was a picture of me on christmas 2014. i was  sitting in a chair in a hotel room overdosing.   realized they couldn’t wake me up and they   i’ve been in recovery now for almost four and a  half years. i was an iv drug user, i was a heroin   user, i also used meth and crack cocaine. i ended  up going to a rehab center in october

Of 2016.   i went through the detox and, it being my first  visit to a real treatment center, i had the idea   that somehow i was cured after that detox. uh.. i  met a guy who was in there also who told me that   he could get a prescription of medication; we left  together and within a matter of hours we were high  

And when i woke up that next morning he was gone  and so were all the drugs and i.. i broke down.   up the phone, and the only place i could think   about calling was the treatment center that i had  just left–everyone had pretty much given up on me   and come to terms with me dying. i imagine that  get to come back, you don’t

Deserve it, you were  given a shot and you blew it.. but when i picked   up the phone and dialed the number this woman  answered and i expected her to tell me that   that i wasn’t allowed back, but instead she said  i have a beautiful three-year-old girl  that would not be here today if i wasn’t   man she’s the light of my

Life. and to think   never been narcaned. if.. if i had never been  

Happy  birthday to you, happy birthday

Makes me feel grateful to be given  another, chance umpteen chances. it’s a life-saving tool. it’s what they call   harm reduction, just as compassion is, you’re  and sometimes looking at that individual and  seeing where they are you can’t help but but   feel judgmental but we have to look outside of  that box, right? because you’re

Not just looking   at an addict you’re looking at someone’s child,  you’re looking at somebody’s a child’s mother   a child’s father, and i’ll tell you what–they  will do anything to get that person to come home.   why don’t we hand out epipens? why don’t we hand  out inhalers? i wish we did… maybe we will one  

Day. change starts with change, changing your  perception on one can then in turn help others   how to get help and that isn’t the case. a lot   of people before they know it they’re lost in the  madness of.. of substance abuse, but that doesn’t   mean that they know how to get out. we’ll continue  to lose our loved ones until we

Come together,   it is to give this person another chance. and  if it is not to give this person another chance,   if we can, if we.. if we.. if we give them  their life matters; that is compassion. if this  patient is sick and we give them buprenorphine   it is not enabling, it is.. we are.. we are.. we  are reducing the harm

That can be caused to them   out in these streets, the additional trauma that  they experience, we’re giving them a chance again;   give them another chance, i believe in them   baby it’s gonna be okay. she changed my life  forever and she probably doesn’t even know it.   we have to remember that addiction is a disease 

And that this patient lost the choice a long time   ago. so, let’s do what we can to give them that  choice back. you know? let’s remind them that   there are people out here who love them, and care  for them, and that their life does matter. if it   how addiction begins is not our choice,  but we can do something about how it ends.

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Naloxone Saved My Life By The Early Intervention Program