USA Opioid Crisis Mortality Reduction with NARCAN

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My name is Luis Garcia and I teach others how to save lives. I have never tried drugs, been arrested or been intoxicated. I don’t make any money from  employment in the addiction field.  I am not in any type of 12 Step recovery program. 

Nobody I know has been impacted by Substance Use Disorder, but this is a disease that could affect anyone.

 I retired from a 28 year career as a Firefighter/Paramedic .   In December, 2015, the  FDA approved a nasal spray version of the Narcan I had administered over 3,000 times in my 911 career. 

Narcan  literally brings people back from the dead minutes after they stop breathing, with no side effects. I knew that this was the way I wanted to help fight the Opioid Pandemic. 

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The 4mg high dosage Narcan nasal spray I purchase  and give out is FDA approved for layperson usage and is 91% effective in reversing cardiopulmonary arrest if a single dose is administered within 8 minutes of collapse. I have administered this nasal spray as a citizen 12 times, and 11 of those persons survived the cardiac arrest with Narcan.

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All money  raised on GoFundMe will be used to pay expenses  and the purchase of Narcan. Starting on January 1,2019, I will be on a two year mission to travel to the areas of America where Narcan resources are lacking. 

NOBODY chooses a life of pain, anguish and suffering.

EVERY life is worth saving...With Narcan, fellow human beings can once again become productive members of society......... No matter how long it takes to achieve sobriety. 

Dead people do not have a chance at recovery.

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Find me on Facebook at  USA and SOUTH Florida Opioid Crisis Mortality Reduction Project.

Please call me at 954-859-4696 to see if we can set up a class in your area. 




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FROM THE NEWS ARTICLE: " The day before, on Aug. 30, Luis Garcia, a retired firefighter-paramedic, will be in Flagler Beach from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m. to provide free Narcan to individuals who pre-register and attend the training session.

Narcan is a nasal spray that can reverse opioid overdoses by restoring breathing patterns. Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics are all equipped with doses. Sheriff’s deputies administered Narcan 44 times last year. Paramedics did so 151 times, though not always in connection with overdoses as the spray is used as a diagnostic tool for other issues.

Garcia travels around the country providing free Narcan to individuals to use to help save a life, visiting five states in 23 months and teaching no fewer than 118 two-hour classes. He’s donated some 3,300 doses of Narcan thanks to various contributions, and speaks of the effort having led to 136 lives saved."

https://flaglerlive.com/140189/opioid-vigil/
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Luis Garcia works for 911 Restoration of Florida as an Emergency Responder. He is a FL licensed claims adjuster and CE Faculty person in many states for insurance agents and adjusters. HIS FB PAGE and GoFundMe are called USA Opioid Crisis Mortality Reduction with NARCAN.

JUST PUBLISHED !!!

ARTICLE I WROTE FOR UPCOMING TRADE JOURNAL (Restoration and Remodeling Magazine AUG2019) article

Narcan: Essential work site first aid tool for the US Restoration Industry”
- Luis Garcia, Emergency Responder, 911 Restoration of Florida


https://www.randrmagonline.com/articles/88569-naloxone-hydrochloride-a-first-aid-kit-must-in-restoration
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I was honored to present before the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges two days ago.

I have never done a presentation before a group of judges. My two hour presentation is called “ NARCAN : Science,Myths and Implications for the Opioid Pandemic” . I'm a retired 28 year firefighter/paramedic and 26 year continuing medical education public speaker. Previously, I was AHA BLS,PALS,ACLS Faculty.

I drove two and a half hours to Southwest Florida to the Naples Naples Grande Beach Hotel. . The FCCCJ had 475 registered attendees. I am grateful so many judges came with open hearts and open minds to learn about helping save the lives of people with Substance Use Disorder. Some left with new perspectives!

Thank you, Honorable Judge Alicia Latimore of the Ninth Judicial Court in Orlando for inviting me to speak. It was a great pleasure

She heard about my efforts to save lives across the USA!!
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FROM THIS NEWS STORY: “But, there are people who are advocating for change.

Luis Garcia travels around the country, distributing and educating people on the benefits of Narcan.

“Most states do not have a requirement that Narcan be prescribed at the same time as an opioid,” Garcia said. “But, Florida is one of the few.”

Garcia tells us as a result, Florida saw a decrease in almost 800 overdoses from 2017 to 2018.

https://www.winknews.com/2019/08/07/cdc-credits-narcan-for-reversing-30-year-opioid-death-trend/
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