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More naloxone kits and training sessions to address heroin overdoses

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A WDRB File photo from a naloxone training session. A WDRB File photo from a naloxone training session.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Adding more resources to help those who overdose from heroin.

Officials are hopeful that more training sessions at a local health department will help save lives.

Naloxone, which is also referred to as Narcan, is used when someone overdoses from heroin and other opioid drug.

“In naloxone there's an opiate overdose reversal medication that can bring someone out of an overdose and save their life,” said Russ Read, Co-Founder of the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition.

Officials  continue to reach out to those who may be affected.

As people are stopping by the needle exchange program outside the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, those with the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition are set up nearby, ready to talk to people about Naloxone and train them how to use it.

“It's very easy to do. It takes no more than 15 minutes and it will help them save a life,” said Russ Read.

Russ Read says it takes only a few steps to help save someone with the kit, which gives you the tools you need to spray naloxone into the nose of the person who has overdosed.

“What it does is trick the brain into thinking there's no opiates in the blood and the brain  goes back to giving out normal commands, like okay- start breathing again. Heart keep going and everything back to normal and that person will eventually wake up,” said Russ Read.

Read says there’s a need locally for Naloxone.  

“The Commonwealth of Kentucky is third in reported heroin overdoses. Jefferson County is the number one county in Kentucky of reported heroin overdoses and the problem is only getting worse,” Read said.

Read says a grant from the state allowed the local health department to buy hundreds of Naloxone kits to help.

The Coalition has also been holding training sessions, encouraging first responders and family and friends of those using heroin to attend.

Additional sessions have now been added and more kits will now be handed out.

As the heroin epidemic continues, officials are taking action.  

“It's a problem. It's an ongoing problem that we're going to be fighting for a long, long time,” said Read.

Training sessions will be held continuously on Monday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 15 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Public Health and Wellness. It’s located at 400 E. Gray Street.

For more on the Naloxone kits and how to get one, click here.

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