DARKE COUNTY — The Darke County General Health District is offering free Narcan for certain residents.
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The Darke County General Health District posted on Facebook that the department will distribute free Narcan for certain opioid users.
To qualify, the department gave the following guidelines:
- Previous opioid intoxication or overdose.
- History of nonmedical opioid use.
- Initiation or cessation of methadone or buprenorphine.
- High opioid prescription.
Opioid users who meet the guidelines must also be receiving any opioid prescription plus one of the following:
- Rotated from one opioid to another because of possible incomplete cross-tolerance.
- Smoking, COPD, emphysema, asthma, sleep apnea, respiratory infection, or other respiratory illness.
- Renal dysfunction, hepatic disease, cardiac illness, or HIV/AIDS.
- Concurrent alcohol use.
- Concurrent benzodiazepine or other sedative prescription.
- Concurrent antidepressant prescription.
- Patients who may have difficulty accessing emergency medical services (distance, remoteness).
A voluntary request from a family member, friend, peace officer, or other person in a position to assist an individual who there is reason to believe is at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose can also be made.
Those interested in the free Narcan distribution and who meet the guidelines can contact the department at 937-548-4196 ext. 235.
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