Insomniac Festivals Partners up with End Overdose to Raise Awareness for Fentanyl Overdoses
Insomniac Festivals partner up with End Overdose to help bring awareness to drug addiction and overdoses around the world. End Overdose is a nonprofit organization that fights drug addiction, more specifically overdoses occurring from opioids and fentanyl. The institution tackles this problem by providing educational resources, testing equipment and training individuals on what to do when an overdose occurs.
Fentanyl and opioid overdoses are a major problem in the world today. According to the CDC, fentanyl overdose is the leading cause of death for people within the ages of 18 to 45. Fentanyl is lethal, with even small doses of 2mg posing risk for overdose or death. A lot of times, street dealers intentionally lace fentanyl with other drugs that people buy. Some have even laced it in objects such as a dollar bill. Due to these actions and the fact that fentanyl is lethal in the tiniest quantities, many people are often unaware that their items are being laced with the drug.
End Overdose tackles this problem by providing educational resources and public awareness. There is a free course on their website that teaches people how to spot signs of an overdose and what to do when one occurs right in front of them, such as using Narcan, a medicine that helps to reverse an opioid overdose. The training involves End overdose teaching people how to use testing strips and Narcan. Following their partnership with Insomniac Festivals, sealed intranasal versions of Narcan will be available at all Insomniac Events. The intranasal version of Narcan is used to provide Narcan through the nose to someone who has just had an overdose.
On their Instagram post, End Overdose provides detailed instructions on how to use and administer Narcan. Narcan is available to order from the End Overdose website, where the only cost you will endure is the shipping cost. It is also available at pharmaceutical stores such as CVC, Rite Aid and Walgreens.