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Free Drug Kits Aimed At Stopping Heroin Overdoses, Family Can Administer
DAYTON -- The latest tragic story out of Dayton's heroin epidemic is startling.
"Monday night we had a mother and son use heroin together, both overdosed and the son died and the mom lived," Dayton Police Maj. Brian Johns said.
Paul Eversole, 31, was a husband and father. His mother, Patricia Eversole, is still in critical condition.
"Last night we had a lady, again, overdose and die and she was 65 years old," Johns said.
A map of Dayton's East Side for 2012 and 2013 is covered with blue dots, which represent overdose cases.
Now, there is a push to prevent deaths through Project DAWN, which stands for Deaths Avoided With Naloxone, also known as Narcan.
"You twist this in and then squirt it up somebody's nose," explains Colleen Smith who runs Substance Abuse Services at Samaritan Behavioral Health.
They train people how to use the free kits at noon every Wednesday at Crisis Care located in the same complex as St. Elizabeth's Hospital on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. As of March, any family member can get a prescription.
"It will knock the opiate off the receptors, so it will put them in immediate withdrawal. So they're going to start getting sick, they're going to have the stomach cramps, the muscle cramps," Smith explained. "They're probably going to be mad because you messed up their high, although you did save their life."
The East End Community Services Center held a special awareness meeting Wednesday night to give out the DAWN kits.
"We want to improve, you know, the access; make sure everybody's aware that if it's your family member that you're struggling with, your spouse, your son, your father, you know, whomever it is. You have access to this kit that can save a life," said Amanda Arrington, director of Community Development of East End Community Services.
A life could get turned around. That is the hope, anyway.
"There's no doubt we need to make major headway in the prevention of drug use, but first things first, we have to stop people from dying," Maj. Johns said.
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