April 19, 2014

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Life-saving overdose medication coming to NKY

Pharmacist Sam Coletta with an opioid overdose kit at Avenue Pharmacy, Dayton, which he owns. The kits will be distributed to high-risk patients who are addicted to opiates. Naloxone is a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose, for example heroin or morphine overdose. Naloxone counteracts the life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system. The kits include, among other items, a vial of the drug and an atomizer to spray the drug into the patient's nostrils. Patrick Reddy/The Kentucky Enquirer

By Terry DeMio, The Kentucky Enquirer

A life-saving pharmaceutical for people who overdose on opiates such as heroin will be available to some addicts in Northern Kentucky in the coming weeks.

A team of medical care providers initially will provide naloxone to heroin addicts in treatment, said Dr. Jeremy Engel, a Northern Kentucky public health activist and family doctor at St. Elizabeth Physicians of Bellevue.