News - Agencies share opioid treatment numbers at Opioid Town Hall
Opioid Town Hall Meeting Reports Countywide Decrease in Opioid Overdose Treatments
Green Cove Springs- Orange Park Medical Center, Clay County Fire Rescue and Green Cove Springs Police Department and City Council gathered at Green Cove Springs Town Hall on Saturday to discuss impacts of opioid addiction across Clay County.
Clay County Fire Rescue Chief Lorin Mock reported a decrease in the department’s use of opioid overdose treatment drug Narcan in 2018. The county has seen a 45 percent increase of treating patients with Narcan between 2013 and 2017, with the use reaching a high of 517 in 2017. However, that number has dropped to 173 for the first six months of 2018.
Within Green Cove Springs, treatments increased by 54 percent between 2015 and 2017. Numbers peaked at 79 treatments in 2017. However, those numbers dropped to 14 treatments in 2018.
Even with this drop of Narcan treatments, Mock said that cardiac arrest deaths from opioid overdose after treatment increased by 49 percent over the past five years. The county is also seeing an 11 percent increase of death during transport to treatment, and a 11 percent decrease of death at the scene of an overdose call.
Green Cove Springs Police Chief Derek Asdot said that recreational drugs, like marijuana, laced with opiates and fentanyl are also a factor. He said it has changed the way officers handle drug calls.
Orange Park Medical Center panel of Emergency Services Medical Director Steve Goodfriend, Pharmacy Director Jodie Graves and Chief Medical Officer Joseph Parra said that they are working on offering opioid overdose patients a wider variety of resources at the center in the future.
“Bringing an opioid substance abuse resource program to our patients and our community is a top priority for Orange Park Medical Center. In the future we look forward to having a program in place that would provide real-time rehab resources in the emergency room as these patients are being treated,” said Goodfriend.