'It saved his life.' Mother tells heartbreaking story about importance of Narcan at training session

Lori McGauley lost her son Ryan to a drug overdose 16 months ago. She says she finds the strength to talk about it in the hopes that no one will experience the same loss as her.

Joe Arena

Apr 27, 2023, 2:50 AM

Updated 362 days ago

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A Narcan training session was held in Huntington Wednesday with heartbreaking stories highlighting the importance of the lifesaving drug.
Lori McGauley lost her son Ryan to a drug overdose 16 months ago. She says she finds the strength to talk about it in the hopes that no one will experience the same loss as her.
"Although not a happy story, it's education and I'm going to continue to tell his story and continue to educate," McGauley says.
She says her son started using marijuana when he was 14 and then his drug addiction grew. Several times, Ryan was saved by Narcan and eventually got into rehab.
McGauley says her son was clean for four months before he died.
"So, it saved his life, we could've lost him a lot sooner," McGauley says.
Ryan suffered a fatal relapse after using drugs, but his mother says he had become stronger than he had ever known.
McGauley and her husband, Shawn, say they will continue coming to meetings like this for their son.
"If it can save one life, then it's worth it," McGauley says.
During the training session, everyone learned the steps it takes to administer Narcan. It acts like a nasal spray. Once it's released into someone suffering an overdose, they have 30 to 90 minutes to get that person medical attention.


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