With the drug addiction epidemic ravaging all areas of the country, even our skies are not a safe place. A Delta Air Lines flight passenger has claimed that a man overdosed on one of their flights when she was a passenger and there was no Narcan on the flight to save him. Naran is the brand name of naloxone, which is used to reverse opioid-related overdoses. The passenger claims that the man overdosed on the Delta flight and passed away as a result of the incident:
A man just #overdosed on my @delta flight, needle in arm he passed out in bathroom. The plane didn’t have a #NarcanKit. The paramedics took 10 minutes to arrive. They just carried him out in a body bag 🙏🏾@Delta please practice #harmreduction and get a #NarcanKit on every ✈️
— Lynne Lyman (@lynnelyman) July 14, 2019
As a result of the unconfirmed incident, Delta announced that they will have Narcan kits on all of their aircraft flights by the end of the year. The graphic nature of the reporting passenger’s description, detailing how the man was found with a “needle in his arm”, paints a dire picture of what is happening in communities all around us. Opioid overdoses are increasing every year, and the man that overdosed on a Delta flight is a prime example of the dangerous nature of addiction.
Man overdosed and died on Delta Air Lines flight without Narcan available
When an overdose happens, the quick administration of Narcan can mean the difference between life and death. In this situation, having naloxone handy could have saved the man’s life. Privacy rules restrict Delta Air Lines from directly commenting on the situation, but they did confirm there was an onbroad medical emergency during the flight:
In response, reps for Delta confirmed to Yahoo that a medical emergency happened during the trip and that their flights are not currently supplied with Naloxone, popularly identified by the brand name Narcan, a nasal spray used to counter opioid overdoses. (Fox News)
Drug overdose deaths have now surpassed vehicle crashes for the first time in the number of deaths. This terrible milestone is a cause for action in the war against addiction and drugs.
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