What is Project DAWN?
Project Dawn is a community-based opioid education and naloxone distribution program. Program participants receive a take-home naloxone kit and training on:
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an overdose
- Calling 911
- Rescue Breathing
- Giving Naloxone
- Adverse Reactions
- Preventing Overdose
- Storage and Expiration
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin, fentanyl, or prescription pain medications). When given 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 one critical function: to reverse the effects of opioids in order to prevent overdose death. Naloxone has no potential for misuse.
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.
How do I get Naloxone(Narcan) during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The Ross County Health District will continue to serve our community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Following recommendations, social distancing precautions are being made. The process for getting your free Naloxone (Narcan) kit will be done online until further notice. If you need a Naloxone (Narcan) kit, please fill out the survey titled “Request a Kit.” *Note* You must complete this survey prior to arriving at the Ross County Health District. Upon arrival, please call and state your name and that you are there to receive your free kit. If you have any questions, call 740.775.1146.
Ross County Health District Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ross County Health District Phone Number: 740-775-1146
Ross County Health District Address: 150 East Second Street Chillicothe, Ohio 45601