In Springfield, most calls to the city’s 911 emergency switchboard are related to an opioid overdose.
Some overdose victims will die. Many others will be saved with the fast-acting overdose reversal drug Narcan.
But, for some surviving overdose victims, that’s not the end of the story. An overdose can leave behind lasting mental and physical scars, advocates say.
The drug Narcan can seem like magic. Just one shot of the powerful medicine can literally bring an overdose victim back from the dead.