WDRB NEWS: More people learning to use Naloxone to save loved ones from a heroin overdose

WDRB NEWS: More people learning to use Naloxone to save loved ones from a heroin overdose


KyHRC and members of the Metro Council partnered to host a free Naloxone Training and distribution.

WDRB reporter, Danielle Lama covered the story.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Officials say the heroin epidemic in Louisville has reached ‘a crisis level.’

Tuesday night, members of Metro Council and the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition held a free event where people could learn how to use the overdose reversal drug Naloxone.

Thanks to a training like this a few months ago, one man survived.

“It’s just been recently that I’ve been able to talk about it,” said Karen Johnson, who spoke at the event.

She says her 24-year-old son, Nathan, overdosed on heroin in late October.

“He had already turned the color of a bruise and there was no signs of life,” she remembered about that day.

When it happened, she injected him with Naloxone and started performing CPR.

It saved his life.

“It was really a God thing that I had that kit,” she said.

Johnson had gotten the kit just a few weeks before.

She had recently attended a training similar to Tuesday’s, to learn about Naloxone, which is also known as Narcan, and how to use the drug.

“When you look at the EMS runs in our community and the OD’s that are out there, if we can save someone and get them in treatment, that’s something we need to do,” said Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler, who hosted the event with Metro Councilman Pat Mulvihill.

The training was held at Eastern Parkway Baptist Church in Louisville. Butler say they wanted it to be close to U of L’s campus.

“That’s what you hear, students that are doing this,” she said. “Last year, we had a couple of students, so we want the students educated too.”

The room was packed.


Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • lana broughton says:

    I would like information on where to take the class on Naloxone and how to get the kit!!

    • Arlene Rice says:

      Hi Lana! Thanks for contacting the KyHRC. In order to obtain a kit, choose a date and time from one of community trainings located on our “Upcoming Events” page. no need to sign up, just show up!

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