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OVERDOSE PREVENTION 

You-CAN Save Lives 

Opioid overdoses and deaths, particularly from the synthetic opioid "fentanyl", are on the rise in Colorado. In response to this crisis, Mental Health Partners and our partners are committed to making lifesaving overdose reversal spray and other harm reduction tools more available and accessible throughout our community.   

The goal of MHP's You-CAN Campaign is to establish a network of free, easily administrated NARCAN® (naloxone) nasal spray kits and fentanyl test strips in communities across Boulder and Broomfield counties. 

We believe the more people who have access to these tools, the more lives can be saved. 

What is NARCAN/naloxone?  

NARCAN® is the brand name of the FDA-approved medication called “naloxone.” Designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose, NARCAN is an effective, life-saving treatment that comes in the form of a nasal spray. NARCAN was the first naloxone nasal spray to be approved for over-the-counter (non-prescription) use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (in March 2023). 


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How To Administer NARCAN/Naloxone

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    Call 911.

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    Administer the nasal spray by gently placing tip of spray into the person’s nostril and push down on the plunger to release spray.   

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    Wait 2-3 minutes. Repeat another dose if person does not regain conciousness or loses conciousness again.   

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    Try to keep the person awake and breathing. 

     

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    Lay the person on their side to prevent choking.   

     

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    Stay until emergency personnel arrive. 

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You-CAN Kiosk Locations 

Find free NARCAN, fentanyl test strips, and other harm reduction tools at these locations throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties.  

MHP locations: 

Broomfield Clinic (897 HWY 287, Broomfield, CO 80020) 

Lafayette Clinic (1455 Dixon Avenue, Lafayette, CO 80026) 

Ryan Wellness Center (1000 Alpine Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304) 

Norton Center for Behavioral Medicine (975 North Street, Boulder, CO 80304) *Ask Genoa Pharmacy staff

St. Vrain Community Hub (515 Coffman Street, Longmont, CO 80501) 

Walk-in Crisis & Addiction Services Center (3180 Airport Road, Boulder, CO 80301)  

Wellness Education Center (834 South Sherman Street, Longmont, CO 80501) 

Community partner locations: 

Boulder Valley Health Center (2855 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80301) 

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (4869 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304) 

Boulder YMCA (2850 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301) 

Bluebird Housing (2440 30th Street, Boulder, CO, 80301)

Lafayette YMCA (2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, CO 80026) 

Sister Carmen Community Center Food Bank (655 Aspen Ridge Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026) 

 

Additional ways to get NARCAN/naloxone:  

Broomfield Library & Municipal Courts 

Local pharmacies. Increasingly, pharmacies around the state now carry naloxone, so ask your local pharmacist if they provide nasal spray kits.    



Opioid Overdose Statistics: A Local and National Epidemic  

According to Anne Milgram, Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, “Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered. Fentanyl is everywhere. From large metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this poison.” 

The need for greater access to lifesaving overdose prevention and harm reduction tools in our community is greater than ever, as these statistics clearly demonstrate:  

  • In 2020 and 2021, 100 people were reported to have died from an opioid-involved overdose in Boulder and Broomfield counties. (Source 
  • Between 2016 and 2021, over 300 people were hospitalized due to an opioid overdose in Boulder and Broomfield counties. (Source 
  • In a 36-hour period (April 10-12, 2023), five people experienced fentanyl overdoses in the City of Boulder alone. (Source 
  • Deaths by drug poisoning in 2022 increased in Boulder County among all age groups, including 10-18-year-olds. (Source 
  • Colorado saw an almost 70% increase in fatal fentanyl overdoses from 2020 to 2021, resulting in the loss of more than 1,200 lives. (Source 
  • Nationally, millions of Americans suffer from opioid use disorder and more than 71,000 Americans died in 2022 alone from fentanyl-linked overdoses and drug poisonings. (Source 
  • In nearly 40% of overdose deaths, someone else was present. (Source 
  • 80% of overdose deaths occurred inside a home. (Source 
  • Fentanyl is involved in more deaths of Americans under 50 than any other cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, homicide, suicide, and accidents. (Source 
  • Socioeconomic groups at higher risk for fatal drug use include middle-aged men and women, people in lower income strata, insecure housing, those who did not graduate from high school, and recently released prisoners. (Source 
  • The highest opioid overdose death rates are reported in Mountain, Rust Belt, and New England states as well as the South. (Source) 

Additional Resources

 

StopTheClockColorado.org
(Harm Reduction Action Center) 
 

Colorado Drug Overdose Dashboard
(Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment) 
 

NaloxoneForAll.org
(NEXT Harm Reduction) 
 

EndOverdoseCO.com
(Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention) 
 


Withdrawal Management Treatment & Opioid Addiction Recovery 

While the scope and danger of the opioid threat is alarming, there are a number of treatments and programs available in Boulder and Broomfield counties. With help, people struggling with opioid addiction can find long-term recovery and healing.  

Mental Health Partners offers several evidence-based substance use services and treatment programs. We can help provide the compassionate support you or a loved one need to overcome addiction and pursue wellness. Begin your recovery journey today. 


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