***Narcan administered to 861 patients from January 1, 2020 until May 31, 2020.***
What is the Purple Flag Project?
Pasco County Fire Rescue is committed to bringing awareness to the opioid epidemic in Florida and taking steps to prevent opioid overdoses. The Purple Flag Project highlights the use of the lifesaving drug Narcan in Pasco County during an opioid overdose.
Pasco County Fire Rescue administered 1600 doses of Narcan to patients in 2019.
Each number represented on the purple flag counter signifies every patient a First Responder administers Narcan to within Pasco County in a calendar year.
Recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that people in Pasco County are 1.7 times more likely to die of a drug overdose than the average Florida resident, with a mortality rate of 20.7 per 100,000 residents. Pasco County currently has the highest overdose death rate of any County in the state of Florida. (CDC-2016)
Although those numbers are staggering in Pasco County, it’s not unique to the State. While the United States has seen a substantial rise in drug use rates, Florida has seen a significantly higher drug overdose rate than the rest of the Country. According to CDC data, Florida ranks number one in the U.S. with 4,751 deaths reported in 2016.
Pasco County Fire Rescue continues our commitment to curbing the opioid epidemic by being the first fire department in the Tampa Bay Area to offer multiple non-opioid pain medication alternatives to our patients including, but not limited to, IV acetaminophen.
There is help available if you are suffering from an opioid addiction
Narcotics Anonymous meetings are available within Pasco County. For immediate assistance call 1-844-NAFLORIDA (623-5674) or visit http://napasco.org/meetings/ for a list of meetings within Pasco County.