An overdose awareness event is saving lives in Tippecanoe County

Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County hosted its 5th annual overdose training event. Leaders gave out free Narcan.

Posted: Aug 25, 2019 7:14 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An overdose awareness event is saving lives in Tippecanoe County.

Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County hosted its 5th annual overdose training event on Sunday.

Attendees learned how to administer Narcan to overdose victims. Narcan works as an overdose reversal drug. After the training, event leaders gave out free Narcan to those in attendance.

According to event trainer, Donna Zoss with the Drug-Free Coalition, past attendees have used it to save lives in the community.

“That in itself is just gratifying because a life saved is one that can be restored and all of these individuals have assets and can contribute to the community,” said Zoss.

Attendee Jamie Volom said it has actually come in handy for him since the last training he attended.

“I used three doses on somebody a few months ago and ran out, they had some strong stuff and it took three to bring them back out,” said Volom.

Narcan can legally be purchased at drug stores over-the-counter but Zoss said it isn't cheap. The organization is able to give out the overdose reversal drug through an outreach grant.

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