PATASKALA – The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) is offering an opioid overdose prevention training session and naloxone (narcan) kit distribution event on Wednesday, April 12, at the COTC – Pataskala Campus, 8660 E. Broad Street, Reynoldsburg, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to all community members.
The purpose of the community event is first to educate opioid users, their family members or their friends on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose. Participants will also learn how to call emergency medical services, perform rescue breathing and administer naloxone (narcan) nasally, if necessary. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. It has no potential for abuse.
LCHD was awarded a Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) grant from the Ohio Department of Health. The grant allows LCHD to offer drug overdose education and naloxone distribution to the community. Project DAWN is named in memory of Leslie Dawn Cooper who struggled with addiction for many years before dying of a witnessed opioid overdose in 2009.
Ohio ranks second in the U.S. for its number of drug overdose deaths. Prescription pain killers, fentanyl and heroin have all contributed to the overdose death count which has seen an 18 percent increase in Ohio since 2013.
Registration is not required. For more information about Project DAWN, please call LCHD at (740)349-6685.