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Lorain County Public Health hosts training, notes increase in opioid overdose deaths due to fentanyl

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On November 4, 2021, Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) hosted a training for 20 physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants on how to prescribe medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse disorder. This effort is partly in response to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issuing a Public Safety Alert. The Alert warns Americans that fake prescription pills with fentanyl and methamphetamine are now more available and deadly. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, raises public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in fake pills. Criminal drug networks mass produce these fake pills in labs, deceptively market them as legitimate prescription pills. These pills are killing unsuspecting Americans at an unprecedented rate.

 

Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) noted a 20% increase in opioid overdose deaths from January to April of 2021 compared to the same timeframe in 2020. LCPH also noted an increase in fentanyl recently detected in Lorain County. An opioid-related overdose death occurs every 2.5 days in Lorain County. LCPH urges family members, friends and coworkers of someone who uses opioid drugs to carry Narcan in order to prevent overdose deaths and promote recovery.

 

Narcan (naloxone) is a medication that stops and reverses an opioid overdose. People who spend time around someone who uses opioid drugs should have a Narcan rescue kit on hand, as should anyone in recovery from an opioid problem. Get a free Narcan rescue kit mailed to you as well as online training. Submit a request at LorainCountyHealth.com/opioids. Or, visit Lorain County Public Health, 9880 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get Narcan training and pick up a Narcan rescue kit. Call 440-322-6367 to make an appointment after hours.