Life Savers –
Dec. 14, 2018 – First responders tonight get a chance to see that their efforts aren’t wasted,” said Paul Curci, an addiction recovery specialist for Blueprints. Opioids can drain the life from users, but they also weigh heavily on first responders whose call volume has dramatically increased from the epidemic. “Come back a week later, a day later, maybe even the same day and have to Narcan them again,” said George Yaeger, a retired deputy chief with the Philadelphia Fire Department and a recovering addict over three decades clean. As taxing as it may be, recovering addicts at the dinner prove that a life saved, no matter its background, is worthwhile and redemption is possible despite common beliefs that Narcan enables addicts.