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Toledo-Lucas County Health Department offering Narcan kits to residents

There is a new push underway to get a life-saving drug to more people across Lucas County. The health department is now providing Narcan kits through mail-orders.

TOLEDO, Ohio — The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has announced a new mail-order program for naloxone, also known as Narcan, to get it into the hands of county residents.

Health department officials say the measure was possible thanks to a community-wide naloxone distribution program known as Project DAWN.

Members of the Lucas County Drug Abuse Response Team are some of the first responders to administer the medicine to people in overdose situations.

Sgt. Stephen Rogers with the Lucas County Sheriff's Office says they have been in communication with the health department about this program and are excited to see the availability be expanded in our area.

"Just seeing all the amount of police reports where Narcan is successful. It's that much more encouraging to see Narcan getting in the hands of the community on a more availability level. Hopefully administering to a loved one, family friend, or even anybody, an average citizen," Rogers said. 

In 2019, the health department distributed over 3,000 Narcan kits. Each kit will include two doses of the nasal spray, gloves, a face shield, and overdose educational materials.

Rogers says having readily available Narcan kits in the community is important and they encourage people to take advantage of this program.

You can find how to fill out that information here.

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