The Delaware General Health District now offers free naloxone kits as part of an effort to combat opioid overdoses in the community.

The Delaware General Health District now offers free naloxone kits as part of an effort to combat opioid overdoses in the community.

The kits are part of the district's Project Deaths Avoided With Naloxone program, which provides community-based overdose education and naloxone-kit distribution.

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by opioid drugs such as heroin or certain prescription pain medications. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. It has no potential for abuse.

Participants must receive a short training from a health district nurse to receive a kit. The trainings are by appointment only and include information on recognizing the signs of an overdose, steps to take if one occurs and followup care and local resources.

Training appointments are available evenings and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, call 740-203-2040.