Hamilton County successfully reduces opioid deaths

Hamilton County was able to decrease the number of opioid-related deaths in the first five months of 2018 by 34 percent thanks to an increased number of naloxone kits distributed to the public — an increase of 375 percent over the previous year.

The Narcan Distribution Collaborative handed out 25,000 doses donated from Adapt Pharma, making the life-saving drug accessible to people beyond first responders and treatment facilities.

Those with a high risk of overdosing — or who have a loved one in danger — had access to the nasal spray, leading to more than one-third fewer ambulance calls for overdose incidents and more than one-third fewer emergency room visits for overdoses, along with fewer deaths.

To further increase success rates, authorities followed up with a plan that got people into treatment quickly if they requested it. To read more, visit the Toledo Blade.

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