Allisyn Leppla, Kevin Brennan and Emily Metz
We welcome Kevin Brennan, Communications Officer for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Allisyn Leppla, R.S., Injury Prevention Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and Emily Metz, MPH, Program Coordinator, Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone), MetroHealth Medical Center to our August 3, 2016 radio program.
According to Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive, “The heroin and opioid epidemic is a public health crisis, and we will continue to work diligently to address this issue.” The Medical Examiner’s Office utilizes and makes available the information gathered from investigations to those citizens and personnel who have an interest in developing ways to prevent these types of tragic deaths from happening in the future, such as, Project Dawn.
Project Dawn is a program for opioid users who are at risk of death from opioid overdoes and family and friends of those who are at risk of death from opioid overdoes. Common opioids that are used are heroin, OxyContin, methadone, Percocet and Vicodin.
Project Dawn will teach you how to recognize an overdose, how to respond to an overdose and how to administer intranasal Naloxone to reverse an opioid overdoes. Kits are distributed containing the lifesaving drug Naloxone to all participants in the program free of charge.