Delta announced that it will carry naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug, in all of its onboard medical kits. This announcement comes after a man died from an overdose on a Delta flight from Boston to Los Angeles.
While the airline has not made any details available for privacy reasons, a passenger tweeted that their recent Delta flight had a man fatally overdose in the plane’s lavatory.
A man just #overdosed on my @delta flight, needle in arm he passed out in bathroom. The plane didn’t have a #NarcanKit. The paramedics took 10 minutes to arrive. They just carried him out in a body bag 🙏🏾@Delta please practice #harmreduction and get a #NarcanKit on every ✈️
— Lynne Lyman (@lynnelyman) July 14, 2019
Flight attendants, doctors, and other passengers tried to save the passenger but he couldn’t be revived.
Starting in the fall, Delta will make naloxone available in its emergency medical kits. The airline will join Frontier, United, and Alaska who have already made naxolone available. The medication is often sold under the brand name Narcan.
The opioid crisis in the US continues to grow, and it’s a complex and controversial issue that requires the expertise of many stakeholders and organizations. At the very least, public advocacy and availability of Narcan will help save lives in the interim.
Even New York City subways have public service announcement ads about the power of Narcan to save a life.
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