In an effort to combat the local drug problem, the Perry County Health Department and Perry Behavioral Health Choices have partnered to make Project Dawn available to Perry County residents. Project Dawn is a community-based drug overdose education and naloxone distribution program. Project Dawn was named in memory of Leslie Dawn Cooper, who struggled with addiction for years before dying of an opioid overdose in 2009. Project Dawn stands for “Deaths Avoided With Naloxone”. Opioids/opiates are sedative narcotics used mainly to relieve pain. In an overdose, the respiratory system can become so depressed the user can stop breathing. Naloxone can be administered during an overdose to block the effects of opioids on the brain and restore breathing within minutes.
Common opioids include: heroin, hydrocodone (Lorcet, Vicodin), oxycodone (Percocet), Oxycontin, MS Contin, Methadone, and Fentanyl.
Project Dawn participants receive training on:
-Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose
-Distinguishing between different types of overdose
-Performing rescue breathing
-Calling emergency medical services
-Administering intranasal Naloxone
If you are concerned a loved one may be at risk of accidental overdose, call the Health Department at 740-342-5179 to schedule training.