Naloxone Saves Lives
The Indiana University Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge initiative, in partnership with IU Health, Overdose Lifeline, and the Indianapolis Public Library, will host free naloxone training and distribution events across Indianapolis on September 28, 2018. Free intranasal naloxone kits will be distributed to the first 1,000 attendees. The event at IUPUI’s Hine Hall will feature an interactive discussion with key stakeholders followed by naloxone training and distribution. Simultaneously, we’ll host naloxone training and distribution events at four Indianapolis Public Library branches across the city, three of which are in the zip codes with the highest rate of overdose-based EMS runs.
Often referred to by its brand name, Narcan, naloxone is a drug used to treat opioid overdose. Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids and is easy to administer. The free naloxone kits, provided by IU’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge initiative, will be distributed by IU Health staff. Training takes approximately 20 minutes and will be conducted by Overdose Lifeline every 40 minutes at the library locations and at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the IUPUI campus location.