“In 2016 there was 4,050 overdoses from the opiates,”
It’s a number that Project DAWN representatives shared during a Naloxone distribution and training on Wednesday evening.
It’s also a number that Project DAWN Coordinator Tawnia A. Jenkins feels is too high.
“It’s just not opiates anymore, they’re doing carfentanil and fentanyl, which is 10 times to 100 times stronger than the opiate,” she explained. “So the Narcan we provide is just sort of like a band-aid to get the person aware enough to get them to treatment.”
Project DAWN, which stands for Deaths Avoided With Naloxone, is making kits available to residents in Ohio, specifically in Jefferson and Columbiana Counties.
The Family Recovery Center opened its doors to anyone who wanted to free Narcan kit, which included two two milligram doses of the overdose antidote, step by step instructions, two face shields, and atomizers to administer the drug.
Project DAWN also provided training on how to use the Naloxone, as well as information on the opioid and drug problem across Ohio.
Jenkins said that because of the stigma surrounding addiction, some don’t feel comfortable in a group setting, so Project DAWN representatives will gladly help anyone who calls for individual training.
“If there’s a business out there that would like to have one in their safety kits, we will be more than happy to come to the business and train as many employees as they’d like,” she continued.
The community training is held once a month and Jenkins hopes to expand its reach, especially into schools.
While Narcan won’t treat addiction, it will give someone a second chance.
“The more knowledge and education we get out there about this disease and this illness and that we can actually save someone’s life until they get into treatment, the earlier we get to them the better outcome,” Jenkins continued.
Anyone wishing to have training and a free Narcan kit, that includes clubs or other organizations, can contact the Family Recovery Center at 740-283-4946 for its Steubenville location or 330-424-1468 for its Lisbon location.
For more information on Project DAWN, visit www.odh.ohio.gov/projectdawn.
The website also has a list of pharmacies in Ohio that provide Narcan kits, but there is a copay.
For more information on all of the other services that the Family Recovery Center and the services, it provides to those in the community struggling with addiction, visit familyrecovery.org.