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Free Heroin Overdose Reversal Kits to Be Given Out by Health Department

A kit used to reverse heroin overdoses will be given out by the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

These free naloxone (Narcan) kits will be distributed through the four county health centers. To pick one up, appointments are encouraged but walk-ins will be accepted. The kits are available at the following times:

  • Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, Ky. 859.363.2060.
  • Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky. 859.431.1704.
  • Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Ky. 859.824.5074. Note: The syringe access exchange program is also offered during this time.
  • Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky. 859.431.3345.

The kits include two doses of nasal spray naloxone and a pamphlet with directions on how to use it, as well as information about treatment resources including the Northern Kentucky Addiction Helpline (859.415.9280). Before receiving a naloxone kit, individuals will receive a 10 to 15-minute training from a Health Department nurse. The naloxone kits will also be made available to existing Health Department clients when they come in for other services. Funding for the naloxone kits was provided by the R.C. Durr Foundation and the Northern Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy.

In 2015, a total of 156 people died of heroin overdoses in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

“The Health Department and our partners in the Heroin Impact Response Taskforce are continuing to work on long-term solutions to the heroin epidemicin Northern Kentucky. But as overdoses related to fentanyl and carfentanil rise in our community, we also need to react to the immediate crisis,” said Dr. Lynne M. Saddler, District Director of Health. “When administered after an overdose, naloxone can counter-act the life-threatening effects of opioid drugs and keep individuals who have overdosed alive until emergency medical help arrives. Naloxone is safe to use, having no effect if a person does not have opioid drugs in his or her system. The more members of our community who are equipped with naloxone, the more overdose deaths we can prevent.”

Besides the county health centers, naloxone is available to community members through People Advocating Recovery. Many local pharmacies offer kits without a prescription, and costs may be covered by health insurance. For more information, visit here.

-Staff report