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Treatment can save lives

Wednesday, May 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Samantha Porter
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"Here’s a distinction Franklin County would rather not have: It is one of 15 Ohio counties chosen for an education campaign to keep people from overdosing on fentanyl.

"Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic narcotic used to treat severe pain, caused more than 500 overdose deaths in Ohio in 2014. That’s a sixfold increase from the previous year. The drug is up to 50 times stronger than heroin, and abusers often lace heroin with fentanyl.

"But the good news is that another drug, naloxone, often is able to instantly reverse an overdose. Naloxone is available over the counter at many pharmacies and at Project DAWN community programs — but people need to know about it so they can keep it on hand to save a loved one.

"The education campaign, launched on Monday by the Ohio Department of Health with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, includes billboards, a radio ad and mobile and digital ads with links to a new state website, stopoverdoses.ohio.gov..."

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