OPIOID CRISIS: Hamilton County paramedics talk about life on the front lines of the opioid epidemic
Timing is everything when it comes to saving a life.
Doug Evans has been a paramedic in Hamilton County for 7 years.
When he first started, it was rare that he answered on overdose call.
But in the last 4 years, it's gotten worse in Hamilton County.
"We go out on opioid overdoses at least once a shift. Pretty much every day at work. I see somebody that struggles with opioid addiction or has overdose,” Evans said.
Paramedics have a decent supply of Narcan on hand.
Depending on the drugs, it usually takes one dose of Narcan to wake someone up.
But some overdose cases require more.
"The most Narcan I have given someone is 12 milligrams. Which is six doses,” Evans said.
But what's more alarming is seeing the same person who overdose more than once.
He says he's responded to the same man three times in one week.
"I see somebody struggle with an opioid addiction or is overdosed,” Evans said.
Paramedics say they respond to overdose calls in numerous places, but paramedic Duane Meacham says most calls are for people out in the public.
"Either that or around friends, because they want to be found if something goes wrong. They know they have a problem. So if they overdose, they want someone there with them,” Meacham said.
According to the Hamilton Emergency Management, they received more than twenty overdose calls in July.
In August, that number slightly decreased.
But Evans says those number can drastically change.
He hopes educating addicts and the general public can put an end to opioid epidemic.
"It's everywhere. It's a nationwide problem. Addicts know about addiction because they're addicted. Its people that aren't addicted that don't necessarily understand what addiction is and how bad it can be,” Evans said.