Project DAWN

Project DAWN Training


The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department (ZMCHD), Muskingum Behavioral Health (MBH), and Mental Health & Recovery Services Board continue to partner for Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone): an overdose prevention and education project. This program (launched in Muskingum County in June) is for opioid users who are at risk of death from overdose, and family and friends of those who are at risk of death from overdose.


Naloxone is used to counter the effects of an overdose as a result of opioid use, including heroin, many pain medications, fentanyl, and morphine. An overdose causes life-threatening depression of the brain and the ability to breathe.


Muskingum County had 10 deaths in 2013 as a result of opioid overdose. In Ohio in 2013, about 2,110 people died as a result of opioid overdose, many of those in southeastern Ohio.


Muskingum Behavioral Health will provide free training on how to recognize an overdose, how to respond to an overdose, and how to administer naloxone intranasally to reverse an opioid overdose. Immediately following this training, ZMCHD will distribute kits containing the life-saving medication naloxone free of charge and confidentially while supplies last. The kit contains naloxone and a quick reference guide for rapid review of procedures.


Those interested in the naloxone training can call ZMCHD at 740-454-9741 (dial 2 for Nursing) to make a confidential appointment. Kits will be distributed to those who complete the training.