Overdose Prevention at The Grand Rapids Red Project
Red Project has 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.
Also, Red Project has 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 increased 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.
What can YOU do?
No one needs to die from an opioid overdose, and you can play a role in ending this epidemic. As with any health issue highly associated with stigma and shame, you can do a lot just by talking with your neighbors openly and honestly about how opioid use has affected them. If one of your loved ones uses opioids, be sure you are prepared to save a life by having Naloxone rescue kit in your home.