In preparation for Friday’s official launch of free Narcan in the needle-exchange program, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department held a media event to announce the news to the community.
The kits are available through a partnership between the health department and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. The kits will be distributed 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room.
LFCHD’s Kevin Hall and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh spoke at the event, as did Dr. Svetla Slavova, principal investigator for the grant and associate professor in the UK College of Public Health Department of Biostatistics. She is also a faculty member with the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The purchase of Narcan® was supported by a grant 2014-PM-BX-0010 (Data-Driven Multidisciplinary Approaches to Reducing Prescription Abuse in Kentucky) awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.
Media coverage for the event included the following (Lexington Community Radio also had three show hosts cover the event, including an interview in Spanish, but posts are not yet available):
The entire event can also be found on the LFCHD Facebook page: Narcan announcment (Facebook).