Lorain County distributes Narcan to help combat heroin epidemic

Lorain County distributes Narcan to help combat heroin epidemic

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Narcan is a drug intended to save an addict who overdosed. Narcan is a drug intended to save an addict who overdosed.
ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) -

Health officials in Lorain County are doing what they can to reduce deaths by heroin overdose with the help of a new program called Project Dawn.

The program distributes kits containing the drug Naloxone, or Narcan, which is an antidote for heroin overdoses.

Lorain county recorded approximately 200 overdoses last year which is considered an epidemic.

The $30 dollar kits are free to the public and are given out after proper instruction, and only from a licensed physician.

''It has to be given by a physician, you just don't have a stash of it and hand it out to people,'' said Elyria Health District Director Kathy Boylan.

The program was also made possible through the passage of a new law this spring, allowing the Narcan kits to be distributed to the public as long as the aforementioned guide lines are followed.

Boylan says the program does not encourage heroin abuse.

''We're preventing death, it's a prevention, it's public health,'' said Boylan. 

The next Narcan clinic is scheduled for June 12, 2014 in the evening at the Elyria Health District.

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