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What Is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin, illegal fentanyl, or prescription pain medications). When given during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing.

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Ohioans die daily from unintentional drug overdoses.


Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdose in 2020.

81% (or 4,041)

Of unintentional overdose deaths in Ohio involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues in 2020.

6% (or 308)

Of unintentional overdose deaths in Ohio involved heroin in 2020.

Project DAWN

Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) is a network of opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution programs (OENDP) coordinated by the Ohio Department of Health.
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