ND Department of Human Services hands out hundreds of Narcan kits during state fair

Naloxone hydrochloride (NARCAN), Photo Date: undated / Photo: Stephanie Alvarez Ewens / CVS / (MGN)
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The Department of Human Services handed out 300 kits containing the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to state fair goers this year. The department also says it gave out more than 200 drug disposal bags.

The department says the number of kits and bags were only part of the story. Now it says the goal is to follow up with people who came out to the fair. Pam Sagness with the department says firefighters and school administrators were interested in getting Narcan training and supplies.

“We actually have the opportunity now to follow up with schools and provide them an opportunity to not only get Narcan, but talk about our global behavioral health work and how we can hopefully have an impact sooner,” said Sagness.

Sagness says she's not heard of anyone being saved by the naloxone that was handed out at the fair, but the department of corrections and rehabilitation says a recently released inmate did save some with naloxone.