Task force focused on county opioid crisis
SAN ANTONIO- The overdose reversal drug Narcan is saving a lot of lives in San Antonio.
The Bexar County Joint Opioid Task Force has about $5 million worth of federal grants to help fight the opioid crisis.
Right now, the county has 16,000 doses of Narcan. So far 3,000 doses have been distributed.
“Sometimes one person will need more than one dose so we don't know how many people have been saved by the drug,” said TJ Mayes, Chief of Staff for Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
The task force is asking for funding from the legislature for a pilot program to better track people who have been given the drug.
Just recently, the county filed a lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers and distributors.
“Whatever we may get from that lawsuit will be used on treatment programs to help people that have been stuck on opioids,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
In 2016, more than 2,000 doses of Narcan were administered by the San Antonio Fire Department.
Dr. Edward Lazaga has been working with opioid addicts for the past nine years.
He knows how serious the problem is and how important Narcan can be in saving someone’s life.
“If someone overdoses and you don't open the airways and get them breathing there's brain damage,” Dr. Lazaga said.