Narcan to be offered to all YMCAs, public libraries across the country

Published: Oct. 29, 2018 at 4:34 PM CDT
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The availability of Narcan is growing. The nasal spray is now being offered to all public libraries and YMCAs across the country.

The Missouri Valley Family YMCA will be getting Narcan from Emergent Biosolutions. It's part of the company's efforts raise awareness of the risks of opioids and the importance of being prepared in case of an overdose.

Over 22,000 people are members at the YMCA in Bismarck, but even more come through the doors each week for events and activities. That's why senior program director Christy Cameron says having Narcan on premises allows them to be ready for any situation.

“We really are exposed to a lot of different individuals so this is just, it's sensible for us to have that available,” Cameron said. “Of course we hope that we never need to use it.”

Cameron says it's something they've been working on for a while and have discussed having at the facility because of the high number of people they have using the building. She says it's a chance for them to serve the community in a new way and provide comfort for anyone walking through the doors.

“We try to address all sorts of health issues, so this is just one of those things that, we may not offer recovery type services, but we do recognize that people coming here may be going through that sort of thing,” Cameron said.

Cameron isn't sure when they'll receive the Narcan, but staff members will go through training on how to administer it before they receive the medicine.

Both the Morton-Mandan Public Library and Family Wellness in Mandan say they are waiting to speak to their boards before accepting the Narcan. Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library director Christine Kujawa says they won't be getting it.