DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – East End Community Center is gearing up for community project D.A.W.N., which stands for death avoidance with naloxone. Naloxone is a nasal injection that can revive someone who has over dosed on opiates like heroin.
The center is partnering with the Dayton Police department and Samaritan Behavioral Health to hand out kits and teach people how to use the drug.
“You don’t need medical background to be able to use these,” said East End Director of Community Development, Emily Rigg. “You need to be trained by a medical professional to be able to understand how to use it the right way to really help someone and give them that fighting chance.”
Dayton Police have also started carrying the kits and have saved at least 30 lives says Major Brian Johns.
Major Johns with the police department says that opiate-related overdose deaths are down the east side of Dayton, and he thinks the kits are to thank.
“Ultimately our goal is to reduce deaths. Reduce opiate use. Reduce opiate related crime. But if we can’t save their lives first, that’s kind of tough to do,” said Major Johns.
The project DAWN event will be Monday at 5:30 at the community center. Anyone is welcome to go and get a kit, and training takes about an hour.