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Friday, January 17, 2014

A PSA From Your Friendly Neighborhood Smack Aficionados

Posted by on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM

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  • Bathroom stalls courtesy of shutterstock.com

Earlier this week, I was standing at a urinal in a large public restroom in a large public facility that is frequented by homeless people.

Behind me, two guys were sitting in two different stalls, with lots of belongings scattered around their feet, talking about this 'n' that. The conversation turned to Narcan, aka naloxone, which can you can get at needle exchanges and can reverse an opiate overdose.

"Narcan?" one of the guys said. "Oh yeah, I carry that shit around with me."

"Really?"

"Oh yeah! You've got to. I've had to Narcan three people in the past few months."

"Yeah?"

"Oh yeah. Especially with the stuff that's going around now."

"Yeah, that shit is..." He either didn't finish the sentence or I couldn't hear how he ended it.

At any rate, I take their conversation to mean that there's some especially potent stuff making the rounds these days. So be careful out there.

And take a look at stopoverdose.org for more information, including where you can find naloxone in Seattle. The site also has this useful passage in the FAQ:

Is the overdose scene in the movie Pulp Fiction realistic?

No. Pulp Fiction is a movie! An opioid overdose victim acts the opposite of how Uma Thurman acts in the movie. A person overdosing from heroin or pain medication may be very quiet or irregularly snoring or gasping. Gradually the breathing slows or stops as their skin turns dusky blue or gray.

In real life, bystanders who witness an overdose SHOULD NOT INJECT ANYTHING INTO THE HEART. Instead, they should squirt naloxone into the nose, or inject naloxone into the upper arm (deltoid) or the thigh.

I shudder to think how many people had to make that mistake for it to be included, in all caps, in the FAQ.

 

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Save the junkies!
Posted by And the whales! on January 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM · Report this
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Also, a PSA from your friendly neighborhood 911 dispatcher. People who call 911 for help with an overdose get immunity from drug-related charges. Cops can't hook you up on drug charges, so call for help.
Posted by pony on January 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 3
"Be careful out there" - isn't that something you say to someone driving on snowy day?
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 4
i know! i know! you were at the SPL central branch in the 3rd Ave level bathroom!

Posted by Max Solomon on January 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM · Report this
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@3 nope not if you grew up were it snows. Snow is no harder to drive in then rain. Now ice, that's a different story.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on January 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM · Report this

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