Safe Proofing Residences –
Sep. 30, 2019 – Friends have dragged Nic Atamaniuk back from the edge of death from drug overdoses at least 30 times in the past few years. Each time, they gave him a shot of Narcan, the OD reversal drug. Each time, the culprit was too much fentanyl in his hit of heroin, Atamaniuk said.
He hasn’t needed that shot of Narcan since moving into the Minna Lee single-room-occupancy hotel a year ago, ending years of homelessness and stabilizing on methadone to combat his craving. But everywhere he looks — in his and other SROs, in the streets — he sees fentanyl overdoses. He sees danger. Death.