Free naloxone (Narcan) kits, education available

CLARK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Do you know someone at risk of a drug overdose?

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, the Kentucky Pharmacist Association, along with The Clark County Health Department, and the Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) will offer free naloxone (Narcan) education and Narcan nasal kits to persons who are 18 years or older at a one-day mobile event May 18.

Naloxone (most often called by one of its brand names, Narcan) is the opioid overdose reversal drug used to help save lives.

During the event, there will be resources available for local drug treatment and prevention options from Achieving Recovery Together, and Spark Ministries will provide information on Casey’s Law for the involuntary treatment of a loved one or friend. Additionally, free HIV and hepatitis C testing will be available in a private and confidential setting.

The 15 to 20-minute education and kits will be offered on May 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Winchester Walmart parking lot, 1859 Bypass Road. Look for the Kentucky Pharmacy Association’s mobile unit.

As part of the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE), this naloxone is funded by a SAMHSA grant awarded to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services with distribution coordinated by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association.

Substance abuse, particularly the abuse of prescription drugs, is one of the most critical public health issues facing Kentucky. Over the past decade, a large number of Kentuckians have died from drug overdoses each year, exacting a devastating toll on families, communities, social services and economic stability and growth.

The Clark County Health Department and the Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy have served the community for many years.

Please visit us at www.clarkhealthdept.org or www.clarkcountyasap.org to find out more about the naloxone event and other services we provide.