NEWS ABOUT NARCAN AVAILABILITY
(Sept. 1, 2015) In an effort to make an opiate-overdose reversal drug more widely available to emergency responders across the state, state attorney general Maura Healey announced Monday that her office has reached an agreement with the company that produces Narcan to set aside more than $300,000 to offset its cost.
In the agreement, Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will be required to pay $325,000 to the state’s Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchase Trust Fund, which was approved in the state’s budget in July, according to a statement from Healey’s office. The fund follows the office's letter to the company in February after the price of the nasal spray skyrocketed in late 2014, with wholesale prices doubling, and former Gov. Deval Patrick's declaration that opiate addiction is a public-health emergency.
In 2013, Cape and Islands EMS paid $16.52 per dose for the drug, director William Flynn said. Since then, the price has reached as high as $66.89, he said. Because of the price and demand, rescuers have run short.
“We definitely have shortages,” Flynn said, adding that stocks haven’t yet “got to the point where it’s dangerous.” When informed of the fund, Flynn replied, “This is wonderful.”
State Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, agreed with Flynn, saying the goal should be to make the drug as “ubiquitous as having defibrillators.”
The fund will allow cities and towns to buy Naloxone directly from the Department of Public Health to get the best price possible, attorney general's office spokeswoman Jillian Fennimore wrote in an e-mail.
“Under the statute, using these funds, DPH will make bulk purchases of this medicine on behalf of cities and towns. Details are still being worked out by DPH but those are the basics. This will all be dependent on the need for this drug across the state,” she wrote. Flynn said in the past he has bought Naxolone either through hospitals or private vendors.
Amphastar’s payment is the equivalent of nearly 10,000 units of Naloxone, according to the office’s statement. The fund was established with $150,000 of state funding.
Naloxone is a medication that can reverses an opioid overdose and cannot be used to achieve a high. It has been used nearly a dozen times on Nantucket over the last year to revive victims of opiate- and opioid overdoses.
NEW RED RIBBON WEEK THEME ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER 2015
Wall-to-wall bodies at Nobadeer give a glimpse of the some 7,000 people who flocked to the beach on the Fourth of July. I&M Photo Galleries
By Matt Turer
(July 30, 2015)
Fourth of July partiers may be looking elsewhere than Nobadeer Beach to
spend their holiday next year, after the Board of Selectmen approved a
motion from Rick Atherton last Wednesday to instruct town staff and
administration to take whatever action is necessary to end the annual
This year an estimated 7,000 young people jammed the shores of Nobadeer Beach on the south shore and left truckloads of trash in their wake, and trespassed on private property all along the shore.
“The (Nobadeer) Fourth of July party needs to be shut down,” board chairman Bob DeCosta said.“Whatever we have to do to make it go away, it needs to go away. It’s the new Maddequecham Jam and we can’t have it anymore.”
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Check out our new ASAP video next time you are at the Dreamland for a movie! Thank you, Dan Driscoll, John Stanton and the entire September Productions team for this outstanding glimpse at our prevention work here on Nantucket.