Learn About Project
DAWN to Help Fight
Against Opioid Abuse
Saving Lives with Naloxone/Narcan

Jefferson County General Health District Spreads Opioid Abuse Awareness

Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is Ohio’s network of opioid education and naloxone distribution programs. Participants receive a take-home naloxone kit and training on the following:

 

• Recognizing signs & symptoms of overdose

• Distinguishing between different types of overdose

• Performing rescue breathing

• Calling emergency medical services

• Administering intranasal naloxone

 

For more information about how to be part of Project DAWN in Jefferson County, call the Jefferson County General Health District at (740) 283-8530 or contact us online.

Understanding Naloxone

Naloxone, known as Narcan, is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin, fentanyl, or prescription pain medications). When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brains and quickly restores breathing. Emergency medical professionals have used naloxone for more than 40 years, and has only this one critical function: to reverse the effects of opioids in order to prevent overdose death. Naloxone has no potential for abuse.

 

Naloxone is harmless to those who are not experiencing an overdose. If administered to a person who is dependent on opioids, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be uncomfortable, not life-threatening.

Common Opioids Can Include:

• Heroin

• Hydrocodone (Lorcet & Vicodin)

• Oxycodone (Percocet)

• Oxycontin

• MS Contin

• Methadone

• Fentanyl