Amber Kocak presented the paper “A Look at First Responders’ Perspectives and Practices of Narcan Use in Indiana County, Pennsylvania” at the PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Conference hosted by Bloomsburg University on April 27, 2019.
Kocak’s research utilized ethnographic interviews to explore how first responders, including EMTs and police officers, perceive the opioid epidemic and the use of Narcan to revive overdose victims. These interviews brought to light how personal experiences among life-saving professionals influence views on the effectiveness of Narcan, the lack of resources available to individuals struggling with addiction, and perceptions of drug users.
This research was conducted under the guidance of Abbie Adams and began as a project in the Medical Anthropology course and the Appalachian Teaching Project.
Department of Anthropology