State distributes more than 9,000 overdose prevention kits

Credit: Matthew Rakola

Credit: Matthew Rakola

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s Department of Public Health has distributed more than 9,000 overdose prevention kits in the state since 2014.

The kits are part of the agency’s campaign called OPEN Access CT. OPEN stands for Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone.

Started in 2014, the program provides overdose education, training and access to naloxone to clients who use HIV prevention services, including syringe exchange services. Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication that reverses the symptoms of a drug overdose.

Narcan is a nasal spray that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

Narcan is a nasal spray that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

State officials say more than 60 overdoses have been prevented since 2014 using the overdose prevention kits distributed through the OPEN Access CT programs.

The Department of Public Health is planning to host an overdose prevention conference on Oct. 27 in Hartford to discuss overdose prevention activities.