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Narcan kit contains two four-milligram doses in the form of a nasal spray. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Drug outreach at hospital

SHARON — Greenwoods Counseling and Referrals is providing free Narcan kits and fentanyl test kits to the community on a weekly basis at area hospitals, including Sharon Hospital.

Julia Jagger, Community Outreach and Recovery Navigator at Greenwoods, was on hand at the hospital on Thursday, Jan. 12, for the regular weekly stop from noon to 1 p.m.

The Narcan kit contains two four-milligram doses in the form of a nasal spray.  Narcan is a potentially lifesaving medication designed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

The fentanyl kit requires mixing a small amount of the substance in question with water, and dipping the test stick in the fluid.

Jagger said that about 23 people came the previous week.

She explained that the immediate goal is to help drug users avoid overdoses.

A long-term goal is to engage with drug users, build relationships, and, when the time comes, make referrals for treatment.

Greenwoods will be at the rear entrance to the hospital on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. The service is open to anyone.

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