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Sixth Narcan giveaway in Hamilton Co. scheduled for November 1

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 17:20:28-04

FISHERS, Ind. -- Everyday citizens are learning how to use overdose reversal drug Nalaxone, then taking an overdose kit home with them to potentially save a loved one’s life. 

Naloxone (Narcan) is an opiate antidote that reverses an opioid overdose in much the same manner as an EpiPen reverses an allergic reaction. Opioids include heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain pills like OxyContin, Percocet, Methadone and Vicodin.

Since the beginning of the year, nearly three dozen people in Hamilton County have died from overdoses.

On Wednesday, November 1, the Hamilton County Health Department will continue its Naloxone program with a Narcan giveaway and informational meeting at the Delaware Township Government Center. The giveaway comes on the heels of a similar event held October 10 in Sheridan. So many people attended that meeting that there were not enough kits for all who attended.

You must attend an educational presentation on Naloxone in order to receive a kit. The kits will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

People who attend the giveaway will be given a postcard that they can send in anonymously if they must use Naloxone on someone having an overdose.

The Hamilton County Health Department began its Naloxone (Narcan) program in 2016, in conjunction with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County Community Corrections and Riverview Health. 

The project equipped all Hamilton County Road Officers, Hamilton County Jail and Juvenile Officers and Community Corrections staff with the overdose reversal kits. 

The giveaway will begin at 6:30pm, lasting for about an hour. The Delaware Township Government Center is located at 9090 E 131st St., Fishers

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