"We take the money from our shows and we put it towards something. These Narcan kits were the result of the effort I did Labor Day. It actually took me this long to get it going because I had to look into how this plays out under Good Samaritan laws. I’m giving a substance to a bar," Boyink explains. "I was trying to get it wholesale and the distributors
Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an emergency antidote to opioid overdoses. In 2017, 41 states made Narcan available without a prescription in CVS Pharmacy locations, and Walgreens offers it over the counter in 46 states. The nasal spray comes with two-units at about "$150 depending on where you go." The inhalant offers a temporary reversal of the overdose and can reverse the respiratory distress. More than reversal, it buys time."It’s important to have paramedics on the way and to find a way to calm someone down," Boyink says. "I've heard cases where they've required up to seven or eight doses, but it buys time."
"It could take them a week to get more if I buy what they have. Waiting for Walgreens to call and say they have two so I can buy one," he says.
Boyink's efforts are supported by the Michigan-based suicide prevention nonprofit Six Feet Over. Any donations made through Six Feet Over will contribute to the purchase and distribution of Narcan kits.
"My goal is to get one anywhere where musicians congregate,” Boyink says, "If the venue has a soundboard, I want them to have Narcan. But it’s going to take time.”
Steve Harvey Oswald's Positive Approach EP and fundraising effort is available here. All proceeds will be donated to Six Feet Over.
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