Health Department offering free narcan kits

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is partnering with a Lexington church to host a free community training on naloxone, which will include providing free kits containing the overdose-reversing medication.

The class is scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Hope Springs Community Church, 1109 Versailles Road (look for LFCHD and church staff in the parking lot to help guide you to the right buildings). Participants must complete a 10-15-minute training to receive a free naloxone kit.

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Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, blocks opiate receptors in the brain, works in 1-3 minutes and lasts 30-90 minutes. It can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and disorientation, but there is no risk for abuse or addiction. If given in a timely manner, the antidote can prevent deaths from overdoses due to opioid drugs, such as oxycodone or heroin.

The free naloxone kits are available to the community through a partnership between the health department, DrugFreeLex 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.

The purchase of Narcan was supported by a grant 2014-PM-BX-0010 (Data-Driven Multidisciplinary Approaches to Reducing Prescription Abuse in Kentucky) awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. For additional information, like the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LFCHD, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LFCHD and Instagram at @lexpublichealth.