Franklin County Public Health holds opioid overdose training at Upper Arlington Public Library

By Katherine Dominek, ‘19

Franklin County Public Health held a naloxone information and training session on Sept. 26 at UAPL’s Tremont Road library.

Naloxone, commonly branded as Narcan, is a drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in an emergency situation.

Along with associates from Franklin County Public Health, representatives of Mount Carmel Health’s community outreach program and Maryhaven, a local behavioral health and addiction treatment center system, presented.

Steve Roth, a retired firefighter who has worked with Mount Carmel Outreach for 19 years to provide aid to the homeless and underserved, has witnessed an increase heroin overdoses due to fentanyl, a synthetic opiate additive used to manage severe pain.

“People who are addicted—have an opioid abuse problem—have to feed that somehow. So they turned to heroin,” Roth said. “Narcan is being used a lot more because there is so much fentanyl in all the drugs.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Attendees of the naloxone training received a free naloxone nasal spray kit from the Ohio Department of Health’s Project Deaths Avoided with Naloxone (DAWN), a network of drug overdose education and naloxone distribution programs. Kits included materials used for resuscitation such as two prescribed Narcan nasal spray cartridges, a disposable CPR face shield and gloves.