LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – After a spike in overdoses, Metro Louisville has doubled the number of Naloxone training sessions for September.
Naloxone is the medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose.
The life-saving drug is in high demand as we fight what doctors call a public health crisis.
We’ve learned that many of these overdose cases have taken multiple doses of Narcan to try and keep someone alive.
The Metro Public Health Department and the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition have five naloxone training and distribution sessions for this month, there are usually two sessions a month.
“In some cases they don't overdose they die immediately because of the strength and the potency of the heroin that's out on the street right now,” Russ Reed, with the Harm Reduction Coalition, said.
Reed says these free events are crucial, now that officers say there's a new potent batch of heroin laced with more powerful drugs and it is making rounds throughout Kentuckiana.
“That way they have an opportunity to save a life and if you can save a life hopefully we can get them in to treatment,” Reed added.
Health officials say there are four different ways to administer Narcan, this of course comes after you have already called 911 if you suspect an overdose and you can also help that person by breathing for them, by placing your mouth onto theirs until EMS arrives.
There are two types of nasal sprays, one of which you'll get for free in conjunction with the trainings at the Metro Health Department.
There's also an injection method and the fourth way is an auto-injector.
“Call the police and work with Chief Conrad to turn these dealers in,” Reed said.
Thanks to state and local grants, Reed is able to give out hundreds of free Naloxone kits.
All sessions are free and take place at the Department of Public Health and Wellness, located on 400 East Gray Street in downtown Louisville.
Everyone receives a free Naloxone kit after attending the entire training session which is less than half an hour.
Here are the times for the five September training sessions:
Thursday, September 8 3-6 pm
Friday, September 9 from 11am-2pm
Tuesday, September 13 from 1-4pm.
Monday, September 19 from 11am-2pm
Thursday, September 29 from 3-6pm