The Steuben County Health Department has launched a new initiative to combat the increasing opioid addiction and overdose cases by providing free Narcan kits through mail to residents. This move is part of a series of efforts to address the problem and reduce overdose numbers in the area.
Narcan is a life-saving nasal spray that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. In January, the county experienced an alarming rate of overdoses, with two out of every three days reporting an overdose. To receive a Narcan kit, residents of Steuben County must first watch a nine-minute training video available on the county health department website.
The county’s public health officials are also providing free Narcan training virtually and in-person to residents. The goal is to equip the community with the knowledge and tools to identify and respond to an overdose emergency.
“The opioid epidemic is a serious problem affecting our community, and we want to ensure that our residents have access to life-saving medication in the event of an overdose,” said the county health department in a statement.
Residents can visit Steuben Public Health’s website at https://www.steubencountyny.gov/narcan to access the free Narcan training and request a free Narcan kit. The county health department encourages community members to take advantage of this opportunity to save lives and help combat the opioid epidemic.
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