High Point to offer opioid overdose rescue kits

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Opioid overdose rescue kits containing naloxone will soon be available for friends and family members of heroin user to prevent overdose deaths.

Following the High Point Police Department heroin drug arrest news conference in September, the department teamed with the Alcohol & Drug Services of Guilford, Inc. (ADS), the High Point Community Foundation and the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition to find a solution.

The High Point Community Foundation donated $3,000 to fund 300 overdose reversal kits available for pickup Oct. 15 at the ADS High Point office on Chestnut Drive.

Advocacy Coordinator Leilani Attilio, from the NC Harm Reduction Coalition, said the kits launched last year in Raleigh. Since then there have been 159 successful overdose reversals with 22 of them in High Point.

"We want to make sure if the person wants to get into recovery, we want to make sure they are alive and have a pulse and the only way to do that is to give them the tools and the education to make sure that they get there," Attilio said.

Two Naloxone vials are in each kit secured in a UV protectant bag with two syringes.

There will be a street coordinator and an in-house coordinator from the NC Harm Reduction Coalition available to train the family or friends on how to administer the naloxone in the event of an overdose.

The opioid overdose kits are not meant to replace professional medical care. Those who are trained are also told to call 911.