Free drive-thru Narcan giveaway held Monday in Detroit

Walgreens to begin stocking opioid overdose-reversing drug Narcan
Posted at 9:51 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 09:51:45-04

(WXYZ) — The Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network is hosting a free Narcan drive-thru giveaway in Detroit in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day.

According to the state, there has been a surge in opioid overdoses since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our organization is committed to all of the 75,000 individuals that it serves who struggle on a normal day, now throw in a pandemic on top of it, it’s difficult for all of us to cope on a daily basis,” said Willie E. Brooks, Jr., DWIHN President and CEO. “We still have an opioid problem in this country and we are doing all that we can to stop it. We have a robust Provider Network that has boots on the ground helping people who are struggling with substance use disorder and mental health issues get into treatment and recovery. We have rolling recovery units, in the communities handing out supplies and resources. Distributing free Narcan is just one more way for all of us to save lives.”

Narcan, or naloxone, reverses the effects of an overdose through a nasal spray.

People can get the free narcan from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 707 W. Milwaukee, Detroit Parking Lots A & B.