Providing training, Naloxone, and supplies to protect against accidental fentanyl exposure to law enforcement agencies in four counties: Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant counties
The four counties served by the Northern Kentucky Health Department – Boone, Kenton, Campbell, and Grant – have been some of the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic in Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Office for Drug Control Policy, during 2016, Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties were listed in the top five Kentucky counties for heroin, fentanyl, and heroin/fentanyl in combination overdose deaths. NKY Health has been at the forefront of combating the opioid epidemic. NKY Health successfully advocated to initiate and operate syringe access exchange services and actively supports local coalitions and other groups engaged in substance use prevention. NKY Health also distributes and evaluates the use of naloxone in the region. Since April 2017, over 2000 naloxone kits have been provided to a variety of individuals and groups, including family members and loved ones of those with substance use disorders, social service agencies, healthcare providers, and first responders.
Through the proposed project, NKY Health aims to enhance its current training for law enforcement on overdose response and administration of naloxone to include strategies to prevent accidental fentanyl exposure.