McLaren Macomb Partners With FAN to Add Free NARCAN Dispenser

Lisa McDowell, McLaren Macomb Director of Patient Care Services; Isabella Djokic, FAN Rescue Program Coordinator; Marissa Engardio, FAN Rescue Program Director; Dr. Joseph Carlier, McLaren Macomb emergency physician and Macomb County Street Medicine volunteer; Tricia Haener, McLaren Macomb Chief Nursing Officer; David Clayton, Harm:Less Program Coordinator

McLaren Macomb has partnered with Families Against Narcotics in an effort to reduce the prevalence of opioid overdose in Macomb County by making potentially lifesaving NARCAN available at no cost.

The organizations’ partnership added a NARCAN dispenser to the entrance of the McLaren Macomb emergency department. Indented solely for community use, this free resource is available to any member of the public.

In partnering with FAN and offering NARCAN, McLaren Macomb is increasing readily available access to the opioid overdose treatment.

Patients treated for an overdose in the emergency department are discharged with a prescription for NARCAN, though for many, getting to the pharmacy to fill the prescription is not possible, or they decline to do so due to the stigma associated with it.

Able to hold 96 containers, McLaren Macomb emergency department staff will monitor the dispenser’s NARCAN supply and contact FAN when a resupply is needed. A QR code is included on each box taking recipients to a site providing instructions and additional resources.

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