News 2 explores anti-overdose drug all day Thursday in Narcan: The New Norm

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The opioid and heroin crisis continues to impact communities both large and small in Middle Tennessee.

The opioid antidote Narcan has become part of the new normal, with police departments and first responders carrying the new essential to revive victims of an opioid overdose.

Narcan is the brand name for Naloxone, a prescription medication that displaces opioids from the receptors in the brain that control those functions. Opioids depress activity of the central nervous system and can result in respiratory failure, but within seconds Naloxone is administered, someone can virtually come back to life.

Drug overdose is now one of the top causes of death in Tennessee. The CDC reports that for every overdose death in the U.S., a person taking opioids on average will overdose nine times.

All day Thursday, News 2 will explore the evolving reality as even high schools and businesses increase their stock of Narcan. You’ll see why some first responders have had to double their supply or Narcan and hear from people whose lives have been saved by it.

Stories featured in Narcan: The New Norm include:

Exclusive body cam footage shows power of Narcan
As demand for Narcan grows, so does cost
Vanderbilt University Medical Center sees rise in opioid overdoses
Experts say Naloxone without a prescription is helping save lives

‘I was like a feral human:’ Narcan revives man 4 times in 10 years
Narcan: What is it and how does it work?
Will Narcan become a part of workplace first-aid plans?
Hope is not a strategy’: District makes Narcan
Narcan is the new norm for Nashville Fire Department

News 2 investigates with Narcan: The New Norm Thursday with stories in each newscast.