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Health department offering free naloxone kits in community class

Posted at 4:12 PM, Nov 06, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is hosting a free community training on Naloxone.

The classes are scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Health Department's Main Building. Participants must complete a 10-15 minute training to receive a free Naloxone kit.

The medication, also known by the brand name Narcan, blocks opiate receptors in the brain and works in one to three minutes to save lives from drug overdoses.

The classes are scheduled for 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the building's Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room.

The free naloxone kits are available to the community through a partnership between the health department and a grant from the City of Lexington. The purchase of naloxone was supported by the First Responders and Community Partners Overdose Prevention Project awarded to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.