Thursday, May 28, 2015

Overdose reversal kits being supplied to more Ky. hospitals

(AP) — A northern Kentucky hospital system on the front lines of treating heroin overdoses will be supplied with naloxone kits to send home with overdose patients. An emergency nurse manager says the overdose reversal kits will save lives.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and first lady Jane Beshear announced Tuesday that about 500 kits will be distributed to the five hospitals operated by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The kits will be provided free of charge to every overdose patient discharged from the system's hospitals.

Naloxone is available in injectable or nasal mist forms. The drug can quickly reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.


Conway — the state's Democratic nominee for governor — says the kits will get the medicine in the hands and homes of people who need it most.