Narcan critical tool in response to prison emergency

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CHILLICOTHE (WCMH) — Ross County Health officials were some of the first response crews at the Ross Correctional Institution when the call for help came out.

“They were busting down our doors within minutes, they local law enforcement asking us for every dose that we had available,” said assistant director of public health nursing Michelle Long.

Nearly 16 dozen tubes of Narcan were swiftly delivered to the prison and Adena Medical Center after a call for help that 29 people were exposed to a potentially lethal mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

“We just handed it off right at the ER where they were using it coming off the squad,” said Long.

Long, a nurse for more than 20 years, was one of the first on the scene while the emergency crisis unfolded.

“To watch the team work, and all the partners we work with every day, to see them bringing them one gurney at a time and putting them in the squads taking them out,” said Long/

She says Narcan was a critical tool used in Wednesday’s response.

“Yesterday we saved lives of those who are not active users.”

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, more than 20,000 doses of naloxone had been administered this year in Ohio. In Ross County 189 doses have been given out as of August 27th. 

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