Free Naloxone kits, training provided in Louisville

Free Naloxone kits, training provided in Louisville
Scott Duke (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Scott Duke (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It could be the difference between life and death during a drug overdose.

On Wednesday, the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition conducted free Naloxone training and gave kits to the public.

Naloxone is used by law enforcement and others to counter the effects of an opioid overdose.

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Scott Duke, with the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, said, "Over the last year and a half I think we have trained over 1,000 people and issued over 1,000 kits, which just barely meets the need, in fact it doesn't come close to meeting the needs. Last year there were over 1,500 heroin deaths across the Commonwealth, which outpaces automobile deaths."

Jefferson County has the most drug overdose deaths of any county in the state, as well as the most overdose deaths in which heroin was detected.

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