FCHD will begin distributing Narcan kits.

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In as little as 20 minutes, you can learn techniques to save the life of a loved-one, friend, co-worker, neighbor ... anyone ... who is experiencing an overdose caused by prescription narcotics or heroin. You will take home the lifesaving, easy-to-use antidote, naloxone.

Those who witness an overdose are told to call 9-1-1, perform rescue breathing and administer a nasal spray version of naloxone provided in the kit.

People who overdose on opioids often stop breathing, turn pale and become unresponsive. And they can die

Naloxone blocks the drugs’ effects on the brain and typically has the user breathing and conscious within eight minutes.

In addition research has found that those who receive naloxone kits show more interest in treatment for their addiction.

Two more things to know about naloxone:

  • It’s safe and causes no harm if administered to someone who is not experiencing an overdose.
  • It has no affect on those who overdose on cocaine, methamphetamines or alcohol.

The FCHD will conduct free training at our office located at 1907 Bono Rd. (behind Baptist Floyd Hospital). The free training will be conducted Monday – Friday, noon to 3pm, and will be done on a first come first serve basis, as long as supplies last. The training will take no more than 20 mins. to complete and involves viewing a short video and reviewing the content of the kits. Once the training is completed you will receive one Narcan overdose kit.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have.

Floyd County Substance Abuse Hotline

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The Floyd County Health Department has set up a new lifeline for members of our community seeking help for their substance abuse problems.

Functional this week, the phone service provides numbers for substance abuse assistance. Callers are provided the names and organizations to contact for inpatient and outpatient therapy as well as detoxification. People may use the service anonymously or can contact a FCHD representative for assistance and follow-up.

The number is (812) 542-6844. Use is not limited to Floyd County residents. The roll-out of the lifeline will be linked to publicity efforts to increase the visibility of its number. We hope to increase utilization of services already in existence in our area. The FCHD has been working for months to increase awareness and use of community addiction assets that help those with drug issues.

“This is a part of the Health Department’s continuing response to the increasing public health effects of drug abuse in our community”, said Floyd County Health Officer Thomas M. Harris, MD. Dr. Harris did note that to date Floyd County has not yet seen the spike in Hepatitis C and HIV cases that have troubled other southern Indiana counties and have led to measures such as needle exchanges in those communities. “We are seeing an increase in the overdoses secondary to heroin, however.”

For additional information please contact the FCHD at 812-948-4726.