New law aimed at reducing heroin overdoses

CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A new law in Ohio is aimed at reducing the state’s record high fatal heroin overdoses.

Heroin by the numbers.

Linda Spies’ son Max began his addiction with heroin eight years ago.

“After the age of 19, he couldn’t live here anymore with me because my biggest fear was I would find him dead in his room,” Spies said.

Kim Webb’s son Doug is in recovery now, but he overdosed once. But thanks to Narcan that only targets opioids in the user’s system, he is alive today.

“He got it at the hospital. Whoever he was with, a young lady dropped him off at the hospital, he was dead when they brought him in and they revived him with the Narcan,” Webb said.

Now, thanks to a new Ohio law, Narcan or Naloxone can be administered at home. Opioid users and their families can get free kits through project DAWN.

Candidate calls for more heroin treatment.

“I think it is the difference between life and death. That’s what that means to me and my son’s significant other. She passed away from a heroin overdose in his arms and she might not have passed awat if it was available,” Webb said.

Those who want a kit must first be trained on how to administer Naloxone. Webb and Spies said they both plan to go through the training soon, so they have a kit on hand in their homes. Spies said Max, who has been in recovery the past two years, is finally allowed to come home.

“But I would still keep one. You never know with addiction. It’s one day at a time. He is good today, but you never know what tomorrow brings. This is a big trigger area for him,” Spies said.

Heroin problem is widespread.

For more information on how to get the free Naloxone kits, call the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board at 330-675-2765.

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