FDA approval of over-the-counter naloxone spray cheered by Dare Health officials

By on March 29, 2023

Local officials on the frontlines of the fight against the opioid epidemic welcomed the March 29 announcement that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Narcan, 4 milligram (mg) naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray, for use without a prescription.

That means the drug that “rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose and is the standard treatment for opioid overdose,” will be available directly to consumers in drug stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, gas stations and online.

As reported by the Voice, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DCDHHS) has already started a program that dispenses naloxone, fentanyl strips, and other resources, to local businesses so patrons can pick them up for free. (The Outer Banks Voice – Dare Health officials and merchants partner to save lives)

The FDA statement indicated that the availability and price of the naloxone product has not yet been determined. It also noted that for the 12-month period that ended in October 2022, more than 101,750, fatal drug overdoses were reported in the U.S., primarily driven by synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Responding the FDA announcement, DCDHHS Health Education & Outreach Supervisor Kelly Nettnin Fleming stated in an email that “since our first Community Health Needs Assessment took place in the early 2000’s, substance use has remained a top health priority in Dare County. The FDA’s approval of over-the-counter naloxone will increase access to the life-saving drug, expand the number of locations where it is available in our community, and reduce opioid overdose deaths.”

“Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving rescue drug for someone who has overdosed on an opioid,” echoed Roxana Ballinger, Health Education & Outreach Director for the Saving Lives Task Force.  “Having easy access to this drug by making it over the counter is an important big step. The Saving Lives Task Force supports this move by the FDA to expand access to Naloxone.”


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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