Opioid overdose is a national epidemic and Michigan has not been spared, with deaths from accidental drug overdose surpassing automobile accidents. However, every overdose fatality is highly preventable. Naloxone (Narcan®) is a prescription medication that can safely and effectively reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. As of June 1st, 2017, over 5,000 individuals in West Michigan have been trained to use Naloxone, leading to more than 600 saved lives!
Red Project has also worked to equip over 1,000 law enforcement officers from over 50 departments in West Michigan with naloxone rescue kits. These officers can now save lives when they are in the community.
Finally, Red Project has also worked with other organizations in the state to provide overdose prevention programming similar to what we provide. Red Project technical assistance has enabled some of our local medical institutions to begin co-prescribing naloxone along with prescriptions for opioids, and it has also led to increase community availability across the state. Since 2015 Red Project has trained staff from over 10 different agencies, serving over 31 additional counties to provide naloxone rescue kits to their community members.