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Don't Let Them Die, Kentucky Message of Hope
Opioids kill more people in Kentucky than car crashes. In 2016, more than 1,400 people lost their lives to drug overdoses. Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky experienced the highest number of lethal overdoses, but nearly every community suffered fatalities. Leslie County had the highest number of deaths on a per capita basis, followed by Bell, Powell, Gallatin and Campbell counties.

These synthetic narcotics produce opiate-like effects on the body, yet they are not derived from opium. Opioids include fentanyl, meperidine, methadone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone.

Naloxone (Narcan®) is a prescription medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing. It can be given as an injection into a muscle or as a nasal spray.

Naloxone has no potential for abuse. If it is given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless. If naloxone is administered to a person who is experiencing an opioid overdose, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs.

Naloxone should be stored at room temperature and away from light. The shelf life of naloxone is approximately two years.

Visit the Don't Let Them Die website for additional information of the opiod epidemic and finding treatment centers in Kentucky.