What is Project DAWN?
Project DAWN is a community-based drug overdose prevention and education project. Project DAWN participants receive training on:
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose
- Distinguishing between different types of overdose
- Performing rescue breathing
- Calling emergency medical services
- Administering intranasal Naloxone
Project DAWN Sites
Currently there are two Project DAWN sites in Ohio:
Portsmouth City Health Department
605 Washington Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Phone: (740) 353-8863 / Extension 234
The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland
12201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-4010 or (216) 778-7878
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death. Naloxone has no potential for abuse.
If Naloxone is given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless. If naloxone is administered to a person who is dependent on opioids, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal, although uncomfortable, is not life-threatening.
Naloxone does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs, such as cocaine, benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanex, Klonopin and Valium), methamphetamines, or alcohol.
According to a recent CDC Publication, between 1996 and June 2010, a total of 53,032 individuals have been trained and given Naloxone by overdose prevention programs. During that same time period, these programs have received reports of 10,171 overdose reversals using Naloxone.
Project DAWN Resources
Project DAWN Fact Sheet
Project DAWN Brochure - Portsmouth
Quick Reference Guide - Portsmouth
CDC Report: Community-Based Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Providing Naloxone - United States, 2010
Overdose Prevention Education Video
Click here to view the full version of the Project DAWN Portsmouth education video
Click here to view the full version of the Project DAWN Cuyahoga education video
Last Reviewed 3/12/13