Doña Ana County

OPIOID GRANT PROGRAM SHOWING RESULTS IN DOÑA ANA COUNTY

OPIOID GRANT PROGRAM SHOWING RESULTS IN DOÑA ANA COUNTY

 

            Since January of 2017, when Doña Ana County was awarded the state’s Prevent Prescription Drug/Opiate Overdose Related Deaths Grant, 1,534 antidote kits have been distributed to 233 individuals who have been trained in their use.

            The purpose of the program is to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose related deaths and adverse events by training non-traditional first responders and other key community sectors on the prevention of prescription drug/opioid overdose relative deaths, and implementing secondary prevention strategies, including the purchase and distribution of the antidote, Narcan, to first responders. 

            The program has been met with gratitude by law enforcement and drug treatment centers, who are mandated by law to carry and distribute Narcan, but didn’t have the funds available to do so.

            Athena R. Huckaby of the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department oversees the program mission to manage the Narcan inventory and to conduct opiate overdose prevention, recognition and response trainings in the community. She can be reached at (575) 525-5834.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.

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