(WKBN) – A push is on to get Naloxone to those who may need it, coming after an increase in overdoses.
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is sending 60,000 doses of Naloxone to counties with the highest need.
It’s based on overdose deaths and emergency room visits. In 2020 there were 5,001 overdose deaths, which is almost 1,000 more than 2019, according to Harm Reduction Ohio.
“Naloxone saves lives. By getting it into the hands of communities and groups across the state in areas that are experiencing the most overdoses and deaths, we are putting this life-saving opportunity where it is needed most,” said Governor Mike DeWine in a release.
Columbiana County has been targeted for distribution and will be receiving 206 doses for the 43920 area code.
“In an overdose situation, every second matters. Naloxone is safe and effective at quickly reversing the effects of an overdose,” said OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss. “By mobilizing additional resources quickly to areas of high need, we can help save lives and connect Ohioans to treatment and recovery support.”
OhioMHAS is allocating nearly $2.5 million in general revenue funds to 23 local Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) boards to distribute naloxone in the highest risk areas within their region.
Because Ohio has seen an increase in the rate of overdoses among minorities, the boards and their local partners have been asked to implement equitable distribution strategies to ensure this lifesaving drug reaches Black and Latino Ohioans.
If you live or own a business in the Easter Liverpool area, the Columbiana County General Health District is partnering with Family Recovery Center in Lisbon and its Project D.A.W.N. and they would like you to keep Naloxone on hand.
It could save a life.
Project D.A.W.N. was started in 2017 to get Naxolone into the community.
“This is not just a one time thing,” Marcy Patton, executive director of the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, said. “We have this current targeted distribution over the next 30 days, but Project D.A.W.N. is a program we sponsor and is available anytime of the year for any part of the county.”
For more information, contact Project D.A.W.N. Coordinator Tawnia Jenkins at 330-424-1468. Jenkins said individuals can have the kit shipped to them, or they can come into Family Recovery Center to get the kit and she can meet with people to show them how and when to use Naxolone.
“We have quite a few different agencies around here that can help with addiction, mental health issues, just so that you guys know that you don’t have to be alone in this fight,” Tawnia Jenkins, the Project DAWN coordinator, said. “We’re here to help you and we just want to see you guys get better.”
Patton said individuals can also call 211 if they aren’t sure where to get help. They can also call the her office at 330-424-0195, Family Recovery Center, the Counseling Center at 330-424-9573.
You can read the full release here.