Story sent in by Brian McGowan:
As a pharmacist, Carron Grogan knew the science behind the life-saving drug Naloxone, but little did she know that soon after its introduction she would put this knowledge into action. And she’s not alone. Within the last 2 years, at least 18 people have been revived by community pharmacists in or near their pharmacies within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of opiod overdose.
Carron, who is now a pharmacist within NHSGGC, was working in a community pharmacy in Renfrew when her skills were required in an emergency. Carron said: “Training for an emergency is one thing but putting this training into action is another matter. It started as a normal day but some of my clients came into the shop, saying their friend had collapsed nearby.
“When I got to the young man, his lips were already blue so I began administering the Naloxone, while his friends called an ambulance. Sometimes it takes more than one dose to be successful and in the end I administered four doses while we waited for the ambulance. Thankfully it worked and the young man was revived and was taken off to the Royal Alexandra Hospital. He survived.
“There are now 18 confirmed reports of pharmacy staff administering naloxone. This is a testament to the professionalism of the staff involved and the effectiveness of the training they received. “The number of drug related deaths in Glasgow and Scotland has reached unprecedented levels. This is a public health emergency that requires a response from all sections of the community and it is clear that community pharmacies are playing their part in helping to address this emergency situation.