CANTON, OH (WOIO) - The Stark County Sheriff's Office is distributing Narcan to at-risk inmates upon release from the county jail.
The Narcan distribution is an addition to a Pilot Project which began in January 2017. The project, funded by the Ohio Department of Health and administered through the Stark County Health Department, helps to identify individuals at risk of overdosing.
The program includes an in-depth interview, and provides training on the use of Narcan upon release.
About 75 Narcan kits will be distributed to the at-risk inmates identified upon release, and through a family training provided twice a month at the Stark County Jail.
Until now, Narcan was not provided, and those released were encouraged to contact a Project DAWN site after release. The Pilot Project is designed to identify best practices among jail systems, and is one of two projects currently funded in Ohio.
The Stark County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Correctional Health Care Group, Inc. and CommQuest.
The need for Narcan was identified during the project, and three community partners were able to provide support -- United Way of Stark County, Stark MHAR, and Davies Pharmacy.