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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Health Department Establishes Naloxone Distribution Site

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Pitt County Health Department is now deemed as a Naloxone distribution site. Naloxone is indicated for the complete or partial reversal of opioid overdoses induced by natural or synthetic opioids. These kits will be available on an ongoing basis; however, there may be a greater need for them during the COVID-19 crisis. “We realize that the recent Stay at Home Order may be contributing to feelings of anxiety and isolation among individuals suffering from substance use disorders. These feelings often trigger a relapse or even an overdose,” said Dr. John L. Silvernail, Pitt County Health Director.

Individuals, who qualify to receive a kit, include those who voluntarily request Naloxone and are at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose; those who are the family member or friend of a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose; and those who are in the position to assist a person who is at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose.

 The Naloxone kits include:

  • A two-dose box of Naloxone nasal spray
  • Related nasal supplies
  • Educational materials related to the prevention and treatment of an opioid overdose

No appointment is needed for this service. Individuals can obtain a kit from the Pitt County Health Department on a walk-in basis, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. However, due to a limited supply kept in stock, individuals should call prior to visiting the Health Department at 252-902-2305 to ensure availability. 

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All information regarding Pitt County’s response efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak are available on the Coronavirus Information Page of the Pitt County Website, at: www.PittCountyNC.gov/Coronavirus.  Questions may be answered directly by calling the Coronavirus Information Hotline from the Pitt County Health Department at 252-902-2300, or by visiting www.PittCountyNC.gov/COVIDinfo.

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