Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) is a community-based overdose education and medication distribution program created to combat Ohio’s opioid overdose epidemic.
Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medication). Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing.
- Naloxone has no potential for abuse.
- If given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless.
- If administered to a person who is dependent on opioids, it will produce non-life threatening withdrawal symptoms.
- It does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs, such as cocaine, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin,Valium), methamphetamines or alcohol.
It takes less than 30 minutes to obtain a kit that could save a life.
Attendees learn to:
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose
- Distinguish between different types of overdose
- Perform rescue breathing
- Call emergency medical services
- Administer intranasal Naloxone
The kit includes:
- 2 vials of Naloxone medication
- 2 nasal atomizers
- 2 face shields
With the passage of Ohio House Bill 170, the kits can be dispensed to an individual with addiction issues, as well as a family member, friend, or loved one.
You can obtain a Naloxone kit for FREE through the health department by one of these three options:
1. Call (740) 392-2200 x 2229 to schedule an education session and distribution with Tina Cockrell;
3. Click HERE to receive an individual kit in the mail. (This will take you to a SurveyMonkey form to complete. The anonymous survey will take no more than 5-7 minutes, with an educational video that is 16 minutes in length - the video is recommended if you have not been trained on how to use Narcan.)