- Recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose.
- Make an emergency 9-1-1 call.
- Perform rescue breathing.
- Administer Narcan® (Naloxone) to someone experiencing an opioid overdose.
Project DAWN clinics in 2 locations:
Medina County Health Department
4800 Ledgewood Drive, Medina
Tuesday, 4:30 – 6:30
Wadsworth Fire Station Station #2
338 Weatherstone Drive, Wadsworth
Last Thursday of each month, 2:00 – 4:00
Call 330-723-9688, extension 609 with questions
What is Naloxone?
- Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medications). When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only this one critical function: to reverse the effects of opioids in order to prevent overdose death. Naloxone has no potential for abuse.
- If naloxone is given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless. If naloxone is administered to a person who is dependent on opioids, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal, although uncomfortable, is not life-threatening.
- Naloxone does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs, such as cocaine, benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax, Klonopin and Valium), methamphetamines, or alcohol.
- According to a recent CDC Publication, between 1996 and June 2010, more than 53,000 individuals have been trained and given naloxone by overdose prevention programs, leading to reports of over 10,100 overdose reversals during this period.
Where can I dispose of unwanted medication?
Where can I find more information?
The Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) is responsible for seeing that effective and affordable treatment and prevention services are available in Medina County for adults, teens and children with mental health problems and/or alcohol or other drug addictions. Click here for more information or call (330) 723-9642.
Greater than Heroin is a group of civic and religious leaders from Northeast Ohio committed to addressing the heroin epidemic through understanding, collaboration, and awareness. Their website provides information, facts, and treatment resources throughout Northeast Ohio. Click here for more information.
A flyer about Medina County Health Department’s Project DAWN can be downloaded by clicking here.
A training video by the Ohio Department of Health can be viewed by clicking here.
Additional information can be found from the Ohio Department of Health.