Life or Death –
April 26, 2018 – Narcan. It’s the opioid reversal drug that has saved thousands of lives here at home, all over Ohio, and nationwide. But it’s also been the source of controversy during a public health crisis like we’ve never seen before. So is this life-saver also encouraging addiction? 21 News wanted to investigate; Narcan: Help or hindrance? The signs of a killer epidemic are in our community everywhere and it’s something the community can’t unsee. A generation dying from an addiction that claims nearly one dozen lives in Ohio every single day. But no one can argue that without the opioid antidote Narcan the death toll would be far higher. Adam Lonardo believes he was revived by Narcan four times. “Had the EMTs not had that (Narcan) I could probably assure you that I wouldn’t be sitting here today,” he said. Fast forward nearly five years and now Lonardo is just high on life. Clean and sober from heroin and alcohol. A father to two-year-old Vito, the vice-president of his family’s dump truck business and running two sober living houses in Youngstown that have so far saved six lives.