Public health agencies adapt lessons learned from COVID

Using techniques to curb overdoses, STDs and gun violence


Last updated 8/17/2022 at 11:31am

Kaiser Health News/Katheryn Houghton

Park City-County Health Department Director Shannan Piccolo talks with a hotel manager in Livingston about how to use Narcan nasal spray to reverse a drug overdose. The health department, along with numerous other health agencies around the country, are applying lessons they learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to other areas of public health care

Katheryn Houghton

Kaiser Health News

LIVINGSTON - Shannan Piccolo walked into a hotel with a tote bag full of Narcan and a speech about how easy it is to use the medicine that can reverse opioid overdoses.

"Hopefully your business would never have to respond to an overdose, but we'd rather have you have some Narcan on hand just in case," Piccolo, director of Park City-County Health Department, said to the hotel manager.

The manager listened to Piccolo's instructions on how to use Narcan, the brand name of the drug naloxone, and added four boxes of the nasal spray to the hotel's first-aid...

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