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Check out the people behind Overdose Los Angeles

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

My friend Matt Meakin started handing out Narcan when he was living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Now he is one of the leaders of the Evergreen Fund, a 501c3, nonprofit that distributes Narcan at music festivals, 12 Step Meetings, parades, community gatherings, and nightclubs.

Narcan is a life-saving medication that rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers, can depress the central nervous system, leading to respiratory depression, unconsciousness, and potentially fatal consequences. Narcan quickly restores normal breathing and consciousness, giving individuals a chance to seek further medical attention.

The exact number of lives saved by Narcan (naloxone) is challenging to determine precisely due to the decentralized nature of its distribution and administration. However, it is widely recognized that Narcan has played a crucial role in saving countless lives from opioid overdose.

One research study demonstrated the efficacy and life-saving impact of Narcan published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2019 examined the implementation of a naloxone distribution program in Massachusetts. It estimated that between 2013 and 2015, the program was associated with a significant reduction in opioid-related overdose deaths, saving an estimated 1,434 lives.

If you or someone you know has an addiction, I can't think of anyone better than Matt to help. He was helped by other people with addictions, and now he pays it forward to help others. Thanks Matt! When are you going to set up shop in Haiti?

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