Overdose Prevention

The opioid epidemic and unintentional overdoses are a major public health problem here in Ross County as well as our state and the nation. Overdoses here are defined as medical emergency due to the use of drugs of abuse, primarily opioids. According to the 2019 Drug Overdose Data: General Findings report from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), in 2016 unintentional drug overdoses caused the deaths of 4,050 Ohio residents, a 32.8 percent increase compared to 2015 when there were 3,050 overdose deaths. Overdose deaths now exceed deaths from car accidents as the number one cause of death in Ohio. The rate of overdose deaths in Ross County slightly more than doubled from 2010 to 2016. It is important that our community join forces, working together to prevent these unnecessary tragedies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Dawn is a community-based opioid education and naloxone distribution program. Program participants receive a take-home naloxone kit and training on:

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Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an overdose

  • Calling 911
  • Rescue Breathing
  • Giving Naloxone
  • Adverse Reactions
  • Preventing Overdose
  • Storage and Expiration

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.

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) or Kloxxado kit will be done online until further notice. If you need a Naloxone (Narcan) or Kloxxado 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) 779-9652.

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Overdose Program Contact Information