Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

Narcan Nate: From selling drugs to saving hundreds from dying

In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, host Angela Kennecke interviews Nathan Smiddy, aka “Narcan Nate,” a man who has struggled with substance use for eight years, including multiple overdoses. Despite these challenges, Nate has turned his life around and is now working in harm reduction and with the unsheltered community in California.

Nate shares his personal story of growing up in Tennessee, his experiences with trauma and addiction, and the work he is doing to save the lives of others. This raw and honest conversation highlights the impact of addiction on individuals and communities and the importance of harm reduction and support for those in need.

Nate has created a Go Fund Me page to help with his efforts at