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Clark, Lawrence Strausser, Donna

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How many times was Naloxone utilized in Carlisle last year?

Given the weekly and, at times, daily headlines surrounding opiate abuse and opiate related overdose deaths, it likely comes as no surprise that the use of the opiate overdose reversing drug Naloxone was up in Carlisle.

In 2016, Cumberland Goodwill EMS administered 187 doses of Naloxone to 127 unique patients in their service area, according to a 2016 Special Naloxone Report generated by Cumberland Goodwill EMS.

This is nearly 60 percent more doses and nearly 50 percent more patients compared to 2015, according to the report.

“A bulk of our patients receiving Naloxone are encountered in the Borough of Carlisle, however the epidemic is in all communities,” the report states.

Nearly 46 percent of all patients were within Carlisle. North Middleton Township was the second highest with 22 patients or 17 percent, according to the report.

The average age of all patients was 39, the report stated.

While the majority of patients, roughly 69 percent, were between 18 and 39 years old, the use of Naloxone crossed many age demographics.

There were 17 patients over the age of 60 who received Naloxone in 2016, according to the report.

Nearly 88 percent of patients were listed as racially white, about 10 percent were listed as black and patients were classified as “other” for their race.

Males accounted for 64 percent of all patients, the reported stated.

While most patients required only one dose of Naloxone, multiple doses were administered on more than a third of all patients.

Two patients required four doses of the overdose-reversing drug, according to the report.

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