Drug dependence has devastating effects, especially when opiates are involved. From prescription painkillers to heroin, opiate abuse is on the rise and so are overdoses. Tinley Park and Northbrook, IL’s Brightside Clinic knows seeking support isn’t easy, so they offer addiction recovery services for those who need them most. Putting lives back together one piece at a time, the caring professionals share the life-saving benefits of Naloxone.
Brightside Clinic’s Honorable Mission
The clinic has come a long way in the past two years, and in honor of its second anniversary, these addiction recovery professionals are making a promise. This year, Brightside Clinic is committed to writing 1,000 prescriptions for Naloxone, a life-saving drug for those suffering an overdose from heroin or other opiates. By utilizing this life-saver, they’re on a mission to reduce opiate-related deaths throughout the entire Midwest.
Through a program with Kaleo, the company that manufactures EVZIO® injectable devices, and Adapt Pharma, the company that manufactures the Narcan® intranasal sprays, people can get this medication from a doctor for little to no cost. Prescriptions are available for anyone who needs them, whether they’re patients or not. Brightside Clinic wants anyone who needs this life-saving medication to have available access.
How Naloxone Saves Lives
Naloxone has unmatched, life-saving benefits. For someone who has suffered an opiate overdose, it can mean the difference between life and death. During an overdose, breathing slows, eventually coming to a stop. When someone is suffering, waking them can prove impossible, resulting in death. Treatment must be rapid, as brain damage occurs after just a few minutes of oxygen loss.
If you’re the only person present, the opportunity to save someone’s life is just a few minutes long. Naloxone can be used as either an injection or a spray, springing to action immediately. If you discover a friend who has overdosed on heroin, administering the drug blocks the opiate’s effects, reversing overdose, restoring breathing, and providing time to transport the victim to the emergency room. This miracle drug kicks in within minutes, so having it on hand has the potential to save thousands of lives.
After two years of dedication helping those suffering from heroin and other opiates, the addiction treatment team at Brightside Clinic is proud to prescribe 1,000 life-saving prescriptions of Naloxone over the next year. With two Chicago area locations, they offer comprehensive treatment for those seeking support. Visit the website to learn more about the services. To speak with a staff member, call the Tinley Park location at (708) 292-0044, or call (224) 205-7866 to reach the Northbrook location.