High demand prompts health department to hold more Narcan classes

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says it gave out 144 naloxone kits Tuesday at its first class on the overdose-reversing medication.

The health department says there was such high demand, it will hold more classes soon.

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Naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, blocks opiate receptors in the brain.

If it is given in time, it can prevent overdose deaths from drugs like oxycodone or heroin.

It can cause withdrawl symptoms, but there is no risk of addiction or abuse.

“Ready access to naloxone at home or in the community can saves lives,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “Knowing when and how to use Narcan gives people a chance for recovery in the future.”

The free naloxone kits are available to the community through a partnership between the health department, Drug Free Lex and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

For information on future classes, like the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. 

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