Free Narcan: Upstate addiction recovery center offers free training to decrease opioid overdose deaths

A simple nasal spray could quickly save a life. That’s why folks at the Phoenix Center in Greenville, South Carolina are giving out Naloxone HCI — commonly delivered via the Narcan device.

“The community definitely needs it; it’s emergency medication we use to save lives. Substance use disorder is a medical condition is a disease — just like we would want someone to be able to have access to an EpiPen for a food allergy or bee sting,” said Jessica Owens, director of adult services at Phoenix Center.

In an effort to combat the growing number of opioid overdose deaths, around $2 million in state funding means the Phoenix Center can now provide Narcan for free.