Mayor Frank G. Jackson Addresses Northeast Ohio Opioid Epidemic March 10

Thursday, March 9, 2017

City trains and equips all first responders to prevent opioid and heroin overdose

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mayor Frank G. Jackson will host a press conference addressing the City’s efforts to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic. The Division of Police is currently training to use the life-saving drug Narcan (Naloxone), which prevents opioid overdose. When police training is complete all front line officers, paramedics and firemen throughout the city will be equipped and trained to administer Narcan and prevent citizen overdose. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and the Division of Fire are already administering the drug. Cleveland also is the first city in Ohio to collaborate with Project Dawn and dispense Narcan to citizens for personal use.

WHO: Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Safety Director Michael McGrath; Police Chief Calvin Williams; Emergency Medical Service Commissioner Nicole Carlton; Public Health Director Merle Gordon; Community Relations Board Director Blaine Griffin; City Council President Kevin J. Kelley

WHAT: Mayor Jackson, along with public health and safety representatives are hosting a press conference addressing the critical state of the opioid epidemic in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

The second portion of the press event includes a demonstration by EMS showing how first responders are trained in the use of Narcan.

WHEN: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 3:00pm

WHERE: Press Conference
             Mayor’s Office, 2nd Floor
             Cleveland City Hall
             601 Lakeside Avenue
             Cleveland, Ohio 44114

             Narcan Live Demonstrations
             Cleveland Emergency Medical Headquarters
             1701 Lakeside Ave.
             Cleveland, Ohio 44114

WHY: The City of Cleveland is committed to the safety of its residents, and isexercising a proactive, holistic approach to combating the opioid epidemic.The most effective method to combat overdoses is to administer Narcan. Mayor Jackson and the administration recognize the need to have the drug readily available for all first responders.


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