Dayton Police Department Officer Joe Sheen was first to arrive and administer naloxone to a man suffering an opioid overdose in 2016. It took Sheen and Dayton Fire Department medics 12 doses of naloxone to revive the man. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

$2M federal grant to aid Montgomery County opioid overdose response

The federal government will grant $2 million to a program providing wider access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in Montgomery, Darke and Preble counties, officials announced today.

The Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services organization is the recipient of the four-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Naloxone is sold under the brand name Narcan and is intended for emergency treatment of opioid overdoses.

Titled “Project Save Miami Valley,” the effort is aimed at providing overdose prevention education and reversal medicines to emergency personnel in the three counties.

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Program officials estimate the project will annually serve 85 law enforcement officers, 400 EMS personnel, nearly 2,000 overdose victims and more than 800 community members.

The program will focus efforts on six activities:

1. Equipping law enforcement agencies with naloxone;

2. Equipping non-transporting EMS vehicles with naloxone;

3. Equipping EMS departments to furnish naloxone to citizens directly at the scene of an overdose as well as at fire/EMS stations;

4. Outreach services to link individuals to treatment and recovery services after a non-fatal overdose;

5. Prevention and education services that focus on how to have a healthy relationship with prescription medications;

6. Training for health care providers on overdose dangers and encouraging them to provide resources to overdose victims and their families.

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The program is expected to employ four full-time employees and one part-time employee.

This month, the Dayton Daily News reported overdose deaths in Montgomery County are at the year’s lowest level — about 40 a month — after hitting a high of 80 in May.

Still, the 507 overdose deaths in 2017 here have surpassed last year’s record of 349.