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Darke Co. General Health District offers free Narcan for some opioid users – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

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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.

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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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