Help Fight Opioid Addiction

Help Fight Opioid Addiction

What is Project Dawn?

Project DAWN is a community-based opioid overdose death prevention and education project available for free to all residents of Summit County.

Participants receive training on:

  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of overdose
  • Distinguishing between different types of overdose
  • Performing rescue breathing
  • Calling emergency medical services (911)
  • Administering the medication, Naloxone (a nasal spray) to reverse the opioid overdose

Walk In Hours:
Wednesdays (every hour): 3 PM - 6 PM

Summit County Public Health
Fairway Building
1867 West Market Street
Akron, OH 44313

What are the risk factors for opioid overdose?

  • People have restarted using opioids after stopping for a time
  • People who are on high doses of prescription opioids (>80 MED per day)
  • Mixing Drugs - Many overdoses occur when people mix heroin or prescription opioids with alcohol, benzodiazepines, or anti-depressants.
  • Lowered Tolerance - Over time your body may require more of a drug to feel its effects
  • Health Problems - Since opioids impair your ability to breathe, if you have other breathing health problems you are at a higher risk for an overdose
  • Previous Overdose - A person who has experienced an overdose in the past is at higher risk to experience one in the future

What are the symptoms of overdose?

  • Breathing is slow (less than 10 breaths/minute) or stopped
  • Vomiting
  • Face is pale and sweaty
  • Blue or grayish lips/fingernails
  • Irregular or slow pulse
  • Choking or loud snoring noises
  • Non responsive to shaking
  • Skin color may turn gray, blue or ashen

Get Help

If you or a loved one are at risk, help is available!
Addiction Hotline: 330-375-2984
Learn where you can get a FREE Narcan kit

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Or call the Summit County Public Health office: 330-375-2984