Delta Air Lines will carry an overdose-reversing drug after a tragic overdose led to a passenger death on a transcontinental flight.
Deadly Delta Flight Leads To Stocking Overdose Drug Onboard
The overdose occurred in 2019. A man was found passed out with a needle in his arm in the lavatory onboard a Delta flight from Boston to Los Angeles. He had barricaded himself in the lavatory, forcing a passenger to break in. Despite the best efforts of flight attendants, passengers, a doctor onboard, and later paramedics on the ground, the man was carried off the plane in a body bag.
A man just #overdosed on my @delta flight, needle in arm he passed out in bathroom. The plane didn’t have a #NarcanKit. The paramedics took 10 minutes to arrive. They just carried him out in a body bag 🙏🏾@Delta please practice #harmreduction and get a #NarcanKit on every ✈️
— Lynne Lyman (@lynnelyman) July 14, 2019
Over a year later, Delta is adding Naloxone (Narcan) to its in-flight emergency toolkits, a drug designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. Such a drug would likely have saved the life of the passenger onboard.
A Delta spokesperson said:
“Earlier this year, Delta made the decision to improve our on board medical capabilities by including Narcan to its Enhanced Emergency Medical Kits. The process to provision Narcan takes some time and putting it on the aircraft begins this fall.”
Alaska Airlines, Frontier, and United Airlines already offer Naloxone kits onboard.
This is such a sad story. The death itself is sad, but it is also sad that this could have been avoided. Stocking naloxone is a smart and reasonable move. I’m just surprised it took this long. Do not think for one moment I am calling for an abdication of personal responsibility or somehow absolving the user of his choices in life. But anyone desperate enough to shoot up on a plane is a human in great need. I don’t think we should just turn our backs on such people and indifferently let them die.