Project DAWN and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center teamed to help combat the opioid crisis with a free narcan training seminar on Tuesday, June 19, at SJMC.
Several dozen community members, health care workers and safety personnel both clinical and non-clinical were trained to recognize overdose symptoms, how to respond to an overdose and how to reverse an opioid overdose.
Spearheading the presentation were Cynthia Morrow, BSN, RN, Project DAWN Program Assistant from the MetroHealth Office of Opioid Safety, and Rachel Kelch, LSW, MSW, UH SJMC Social Worker. They were joined by Jude Wisniewski, Project Dawn, and Catherin Gallagher, MetroHealth Student Assistant.
A slideshow depicting opioid overdose and appropriate response was presented to the audience. Kits containing the lifesaving drug narcan were distributed to attendees free of charge at the conclusion of the program.
Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is an Ohio Dept. of Health initiative.
The program was presented by the UH SJMC Opiate Advisory Committee.