Naloxone kits available at health department

Staff Report -

POMEROY — In an effort to help with the drug epidemic, the Meigs County Health Department has a tool available to the public to help in the event of overdoses.

The MCHD has new EVZIO Auto-Injector Naloxone Kit to be used in the case of a suspected opioid overdose in stock.

The EVZIO Kit replaces the former Project DAWN Kits (nasal Naloxone) that the department has offered for over a year.

The EVZIO Auto-Injector offers Naloxone by injection, much like an Epi Pen. Trained individuals receive a EVZIO Auto-Injector kit that contains the medication, along with education of other lifesaving measures, such as rescue breathing, to be used in the event of a suspected opioid overdose.

EVZIO is an opioid antagonist indicated for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression in adults and pediatric patients. EVZIO is intended for immediate administration as emergency therapy in settings where opioids may be present. EVZIO is not a substitute for emergency medical care.

Kits are free to community members who have an interest and are willing to come to the Health Department to be trained to use them. Training takes less than one hour and can be done on an individual basis or as a group.

Please call Sherry Hayman, RN, at 740-992-6626 Ext. 1036 to set up an appointment.

Staff Report