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Project DAWN and overdose surge alerts

A text alerts network has been established in Ohio for early warnings about overdose surges and deadly batches of drugs in Northwest Ohio. 

For example, on November 4, three overdoses in 24 hours were reported in Hancock County.

Text “SOAR” to 419-670-7627 to receive Overdose Surge and Deadly Batch Alerts when there is a spike in overdoses or dangerous drugs are found in your area.

Plus, anonymously report deadly batches to help keep your community safe. Get The SOAR App on iOS or Android to securely submit your report, or submit right at

Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) is a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program that was created as a way to combat Ohio’s opioid overdose epidemic.

Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medications). When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing.

Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only this one critical function: to reverse the effects of opioids in order to prevent overdose death.

Key Points:

  • Naloxone has no potential for abuse.
  • If given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless.
  • If administered to a person who is dependent on opioids, it will produce non-life threatening withdrawal symptoms.
  • It does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs, such as cocaine, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin,Valium), methamphetamines or alcohol.

It takes less than 30 minutes to obtain a kit that could save a life.

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

If you would like to schedule an appointment or would like more information, contact:

Sarah Misiakiewicz, Project Dawn Coordinator

e-mail: [email protected]

phone: 419-228-4457

or visit The Ohio Department of Health’s Project DAWN Website

Project DAWN kits are free.


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