Project DAWN
(Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) Program

The Portsmouth City Health Department began Project DAWN as a pilot harm-reduction public health program in 2012. The goal of this program is to reduce deaths caused by overdose of opiates. Naloxone is administered intra-nasally temporarily reverse the effects of opiates in the client’s body. The drug, along with emergency resuscitation breathing is provided to the individual until emergency responders arrive and transport the individual for further medical care. In October of 2016, Section 4729.44 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and rule 4729-5-39 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), authorizes pharmacies to dispense Narcan to individuals without a prescription.

View the Project DAWN Brochure for more details.