There’s a cartoon hero named Narcania created by the identical man who wrote Lil’Dope Fiend Overdose Prevention Information. Within the mini comix, Narcania rescues individuals who have overdosed and offers them new life. As one character who has been resuscitated remarks, “I don’t know if there may be something price dwelling for, however not less than now, I’ll get to search out out!”
In San Francisco there’s a Narcania mural, Narcania vs. Demise proudly painted in an alley.
In 2017 I wrote about Narcan Man, the mysterious individual or power who appeared to all the time arrive and be gone earlier than us, leaving solely an empty vial of narcan and generally a confused, or vomiting individual on the spot the place we have been dispatched for the overdose. I imagined a person with bandoliers of Narcan and a gold tooth who roamed the metropolis, preserving folks protected, after which disappearing into the mist. Who was that man?!
I consider I’ve lastly met the actual life Narcania, the feminine Narcan Man.
Her title is Carrie. She is a smallish girl in her late twenties, whose face exhibits each the promise of her youth and years of onerous dwelling. Her voice is gravelly from cigarettes, and her eyes are hardened blue gray. I’ve seen her strolling Park Avenue and I’ve seen her serving to out on the work hurt discount van. And most lately I’ve seen her at quite a lot of overdose scenes, the place she stands to the facet and disappears as soon as we arrive. I do know her effectively sufficient now to name her by title and to speak somewhat. Certainly one of lately I need to discuss along with her at size and study her true story quite than one I may think. This time when she was strolling by means of the park ravine when she got here throughout a person half hidden by a pile of logs. He was unresponsive and cyanotic with agonal respiratory. She hit him with 2 mg of Narcan within the leg along with her autoinjector and gave him some good onerous shakes till he got here round. When she noticed it was me getting out of the paramedic car, after I’d pushed down a dust street and throughout a area to get to the OD web site, she stayed. The person didn’t need to go to the hospital, however she was capable of persuade him to go. I let her do the speaking as a result of I knew he’d be extra apt to hearken to her than me. Whereas I walked him to the arrival ambulance, she gathered the belongings he had left and introduced them to him. As soon as he was loaded at the back of the ambulance, I circled to say goodbye to Carrie, however she was already strolling throughout the sector. “If she hadn’t discovered him, he would have been lifeless,” I mentioned aloud. I waved to her, and she or he gave me somewhat salute in return as if she have been a cowboy and was tipping her hat to the townspeople as she rode off into the sundown.
“Who’s that woman?” One of many firemen requested me.
“That,” I mentioned. “That there little girl is Narcania!”
“Huh,” he mentioned.
“I examine her within the comix!”