Baltimore, Md. (May 1, 2018) – Ammon Labs, the preferred drug testing laboratory by addiction treatment professionals and healthcare partners for over 20 years, and The Choopers Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to elevating awareness of addiction as a disease, donated 200 doses of the opioid overdose reversal medication Naloxone to The Daniel Carl Torsch (DCT) Foundation. The presentation was made at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Maryland Tuerk Conference in Baltimore on April 19th.
Like much of the country, the state of Maryland is currently grappling with the gravest public health crisis of the modern era. It is estimated that there are over 20,000 estimated active heroin users in the city of Baltimore and thousands of others struggling with opioid addiction across the state. Since 2015, Maryland has seen a drastic increase in the number of overdoses, making the need for life-saving treatments like Naloxone even more necessary. Unfortunately, the high demand for Naloxone has created a statewide shortage that has prevented many from receiving the medication when they desperately need it.
“We make a commitment to regularly meet with the community organizations leading the fight against opioid abuse in each state where we conduct drug testing. In our conversations with the DCT Foundation, The Choopers Foundation and NCADD Maryland, we were alerted to Maryland’s current statewide Naloxone shortage,” said Charles Cardona, Director of Business Development for Ammon Labs. “Although we hope for a day when Naloxone will not be a necessity in the medicine cabinets of families coping with the addiction of a loved one, we recognize that Ammon Labs is in a unique position to provide direct assistance to these organizations and provide them with a lifesaving resource.”
The Daniel Carl Torsch Foundation was founded by Carl and Toni Torsch following the overdose death of their son, Daniel, in 2010. Authorized by the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene of Maryland, The DCT Foundation conducts an educational training program (Overdose Response Program ORP) using a core curriculum that includes information and training on: prescription and non-pharmaceutical opioids, how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, proper rescue breathing technique, and how to properly administer Naloxone and care for the individual until emergency medical help arrives. The donation of 200 doses of Naloxone will enable the Foundation to provide additional potentially life-saving training to families and friends struggling with the opioid addiction of a loved one.
Tim Cheney, President of The Choopers Foundation added, “Part of ending the stigma surrounding opioid abuse, is ensuring that Naloxone is readily available to those who need it. Through helping to ensure access to this medication in Maryland, we are hoping to stem the tide of opioid overdoses currently ravaging the state and create an atmosphere where those who need help with an addiction can find it.”