AddictionHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (11/14/17) — Hopkins County Health Department has been awarded a $14,250 grant to combat area opioid overdoses.

The grant money will be used to purchase the naloxone kits and training for two Health Department RNs to train Hopkins County Sheriff’s deputies and Madisonville Police Department officers in administrating the treatment, Hopkins health officials reported.

The Kentucky Agency of Substance Abuse Policy Hopkins County Board statistics show Medical Center Ambulance Service responded to 120 overdose calls in 2015. In 103 of those runs, naloxone was administered.

Last year, KY-ASAP Hopkins County indicated 117 overdose calls were received that included 99 instances of naloxone given. So far this year, there have been 69 reported overdose calls, with 50 doses of naloxone used.

Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan and others, is administered to treat or reverse the side effects of opioid drug overdoses in emergency situations. Opioids, described as narcotic pain medication, include codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone and others.

According to a KY-ASAP news release, “1,404 people died from opioid overdose last year,” and with opioid overdose on the rise, the naloxone allows medical personnel to “stabilize” people for transport to a medical facility. Afterward, it gives individuals a chance to seek addiction treatment.

The area KY-ASAP board was established in conjunction with the state policy to develop a plan to reduce alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse among youth and adults.

Local board chairman Mike Duncan reported it has provided grants in Hopkins County for more than 15 years.

The grant award will be officially announced today during the KY ASAP board meeting at Industrial Road, Madisonville.

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