Stark County Sheriff's Office is now distributing Narcan kits to at-risk inmates when they are released from jail.
According to the sheriff's office distributing Narcan is in addition to the Pilot Program, which helps identify individuals at risk of overdosing. The program started in January and includes an in-depth interview and training on the use of Narcan upon release from jail.
The Pilot Program is one of two projects funded in Ohio. This one is funded by the Ohio Department of Health and administered through the Stark County Health Department.
The Sheriff's Office says about 75 Narcan kits will be given to at-risk inmates identified upon release and through a family training provided twice a month at the jail.