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Licking County Health Department Begins Drug Overdose Prevention Program
05/25/2016 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO – The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) was recently awarded a Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) grant from the Ohio Department of Health. The grant will allow LCHD to implement a community-based drug overdose education and naloxone distribution program. Naloxone is a medication that can be used to quickly reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug.

Project DAWN is named in memory of Leslie Dawn Cooper who struggled with addiction for many years before dying of a witnessed opioid overdose in 2009. The purpose of the project is first to educate opioid users, their family members or their friends on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose. Then, if necessary, how to call emergency medical services, perform rescue breathing and administer naloxone nasally. Naloxone has been used safely for over 40 years. It has no potential for abuse.

Ohio ranks second in the U.S. for its number of drug overdose deaths. This is based on a 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Prescription pain killers, fentanyl and heroin have all contributed to the overdose death count which has seen an 18 percent increase in Ohio since 2013.

To receive more information or to participate in a Project DAWN training for yourself, a friend, or a family member, please call LCHD at (740) 349-6685.
 
“The Licking County Health Department serves more than 160,000 citizens in the Licking County General Health District by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles with a vision of healthy people living in healthy communities.”
 
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Media Contact: Olivia Biggs (740) 349-6488

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