New medication being used to fight heroin epidemic

A new effort is underway in Kentucky

MGN Online

FALMOUTH, Ky. (AP) - A new effort is underway in Kentucky's fight against the heroin epidemic.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports patients at an experimental clinic in northern Kentucky have begun receiving kits containing the medication naloxone. The drug blocks the brains' receptors from heroin and other opioids.

The Naloxone Harm Reduction Center in downtown Falmouth saw a handful of patients Saturday and gave out kits containing two doses of the drug and the materials to take it. Funding for the kits was donated.

Officials say the kits will save lives in the event of a heroin overdose.

Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Director Van Ingram said he looks for the clinic to create a pilot program for others to follow.

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