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More people learning to use Naloxone to save loved ones from a heroin overdose

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials say the heroin epidemic in Louisville has reached 'a crisis level.' 

Tuesday night, members of Metro Council and the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition held a free event where people could learn how to use the overdose reversal drug Naloxone. 

Thanks to a training like this a few months ago, one man survived.

"It's just been recently that I've been able to talk about it," said Karen Johnson, who spoke at the event. 

She says her 24-year-old son, Nathan, overdosed on heroin in late October. 

"He had already turned the color of a bruise and there was no signs of life," she remembered about that day. 

When it happened, she injected him with Naloxone and started performing CPR. 

It saved his life. 

"It was really a God thing that I had that kit," she said. 

Johnson had gotten the kit just a few weeks before. 

She had recently attended a training similar to Tuesday's, to learn about Naloxone, which is also known as Narcan, and how to use the drug. 

"When you look at the EMS runs in our community and the OD's that are out there, if we can save someone and get them in treatment, that's something we need to do," said Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler, who hosted the event with Metro Councilman Pat Mulvihill. 

The training was held at Eastern Parkway Baptist Church in Louisville. Butler say they wanted it to be close to U of L's campus. 

"That's what you hear, students that are doing this," she said. "Last year, we had a couple of students, so we want the students educated too." 

The room was packed. 

"I call it the new plague, because there's no one that you talk to in this city that isn't affected somehow by it," Johnson said about heroin. 

She says she wants to help other people. 

"I have lots of hope because where there's life there's hope and I have hope for everyone here too," Johnson told WDRB News. 

She says Tuesday marks three months for her son Nathan in rehab. 

Officials say they plan to hold more Naloxone training events in the future. 

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