The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an advisory recommending more people carry naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversing medication. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is hosting a free community training on naloxone, which will include free kits of the overdose-reversing medication. Participants must complete a 10-15-minute training to receive a free naloxone kit.
Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan®, blocks opiate receptors in the brain, works in 1-3 minutes and lasts 30-90 minutes. It can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and disorientation, but there is no risk for abuse or addiction. The free naloxone kits are available to the community through partnerships between the health department, DrugFreeLex and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
• A limited number of Narcan kits will be available, so it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We will be doing four sessions with up to 50 people per class for a total of 200 kits.
• There is no pre-registration for the class. It is first-come, first-served.
• This is NOT a needle-exchange, so DO NOT bring old needles as they cannot be accepted or exchanged at the training. The needle-exchange is open 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays.
• Please enter the health department through the front parking lot and doors. You will wait in our Public Health Clinic until time for your free class. We’ll have employees on site to help!
We appreciate your patience during our community class!