Already this year, there have been two drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County.
In 2013 there were ten across the county and 2,110 in the state of Ohio. Now, on June 18, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and Muskingum Behavioral Health are offering Project D.A.W.N. to lower these numbers.
D.A.W.N. stands for Deaths Avoided With Naloxone. Dr. Vicki Whitacre said participants will learn how to administer Naloxone, which is a drug that will counter the affects of a drug overdose.
"We’ve had so many deaths occurring from this and particularly in young people that once they’re dead you can’t help them, but if you can reverse the overdose, save their life, you have the potential to help them after that," she said.
The session is free to all who want to attend. After they complete the training on how and when to use Naloxone, people will receive a kit with what they need to use to revive someone. While it will work counter an overdose, Muskingum Behavioral Health Executive Director, Steve Carrel said you should still contact 911.
"What people have to understand is they’re not showing up to start busting people, to start pointing fingers. They’re showing up to save a life," he said. "This project is totally confidential. You don’t get in trouble if you call for a squad. Primary goal is to save lives."
During the hour-long training, people will see a demonstration on how to use Naloxone and then will have ample time to practice. The June 18 at 5:30 at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department.
Pre-registration is required, but Carrel stressed that your identity will be confidential. You can register by calling the health department at (740) 454-9741