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Deaconess Foundation Joins NARCAN® Distribution Collaborative

October 12, 2018

Deaconess Foundation Chairman Tony Woods (L) presents a check for the NARCAN® Distribution Collaborative to Hamilton County Health Commissioner Tim Ingram.

Hamilton County, OH……The Deaconess Foundation joined the NARCAN® Distribution Collaborative (NDC), the County-wide project that makes the lifesaving, overdose-reversal drug available to the public at no charge.

The Collaborative, housed at Hamilton County Public Health, provides NARCAN® (generically called naloxone) and training on its use to the public through numerous channels. The pilot program vision is to demonstrate that expanding naloxone distribution from all access points to ALL individuals at risk of experiencing or witnessing an opioid overdose in the Greater Cincinnati area will significantly reduce the number of opioid-related deaths. NARCAN® for the program is provided by Adapt Pharma, the drug’s manufacturer.

The program began in October, 2017. To date, the NDC has distributed more than 20,000 doses. Additional partners in the Collaborative are Mercy Health, Tri Health, The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Health, Hamilton County, Brightview Foundation and Interact for Health.

“We’re pleased to be able to support this important initiative,” said Tony Woods, Chairman of the Deaconess Foundation. “The mission of the Deaconess Foundation is to provide healthcare services and education to those in need, and the NARCAN® Distribution Collaborative aligns with that goal. We appreciate all that Commissioner Ingram and his team are doing to save lives in our community.”

“Results from the NDC look promising in reducing the number of overdose deaths,” says Hamilton County Health Commissioner Tim Ingram. “We’re excited to have Deaconess on board and look forward to their continued collaboration.”

 

Contact: Mike Samet, Public Information Officer, 513.946.7873

Posted by: Christy Cauley

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