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Montgomery Co. Offering Free Kits to Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Heroin accounts for nearly two-thirds of all drug deaths in Montgomery County. Now the county is offering free medications that can pull people out of a heroin overdose. 

Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Noloxone) is providing the medications. They are available to those who have a friend or loved one they're worried will overdose on heroin.

Lori Erion says she realized her daughter was addicted to heroin after a trip to the emergency room.

"I came to the realization a long time ago that it was very possible that she may die," Erion said. "When they were trying to put an IV and I saw the marks on her arm. And I said, 'What is that,' and she said, 'You know what that is,' and I was horrified."

Lori says it's been tough to see her child in a downward spiral, but was enthused when she heard about the free Noloxone kits.

"If I have a chance to save my daughter I'm going to do it," Lori said.

"Noloxone is a medication that binds to opiate receptors stronger than opiates do," said Andrea Hoff of the Montgomery County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Mental Health Service.

The medication was just approved for use by families.

"What that means is if someone is in the middle of an overdose you can use this medication on them and it will take them almost immediately out of the overdose," Hoff said.

Inside the Project DAWN Noloxone kits there is information on how to use the drug, an instruction book for assembly. There's also two vials of Noloxone, and a tube to use to inject it up an overdose victim's nasal cavity. 

"It saves peoples' lives but it only works in a person's system for 20 to 30 minutes," Hoff said.

Those who obtain the kits are trained to still call 911 after the medicine is used. 

In 2012, 210 people in Montgomery County died from overdosing. County officials hope the kits will reduce that number. 

When asked if having the drug available worries her about her daughter being enabled to use heroin, Lori said, "No, that's a myth that's been going around. And in all honesty these addicts don't want to have this used on them."

Montgomery spent $130,000 on the 469 kits they bought. That includes training and medicine.

For information on how to get a kit, call the crisis line at 937-224-4646.

 
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