Butler County residents now armed with heroin antidote

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Butler County residents now armed with heroin antidote

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A Project DAWN kit contains two doses of Naloxone, or Narcan, a drug that blocks the effects of opioids. The kits are being dispensed by the Butler County Deptartment of Health in an effort to combat drug overdoses. WAYNE BAKER/STAFF

As drug overdose deaths continue to soar in Butler County, officials are putting a heroin antidote in the hands of citizens.

Butler County is one of 50 places across the state that the Ohio Department of Health has started Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone).

Free kits that include two doses of Naloxone, or Narcan, as well as training on how to use the drug that blocks the effects of opioids, are available to friends and family members of addicts and other people who may come in contact with overdose victims.

“We have been working with the Butler County Department of Health on Project DAWN to hopefully reduce the amount of drug overdose deaths in the county,” Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix said.

Narcan reverses the effects of opioids on the brain and revives a person who has overdosed, she said.

Each kit given must be accompanied by the training. Details on those education sessions can be found at www.butlercountyohio.org/Health or by calling 513-863-1770.

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