Trying to save lives in the midst of the opioid crisis

Jan 21, 2019 by

It’s Friday afternoon at El Club in southwest Detroit.

Single Dose Opioid Overdose Kit Bag

Later, the Pom-Poms, a dance music duo made up of a woman named Kitty and her husband, Ricky Eat Acid, will appear beneath the spotlights. But for now, the stage is occupied by Darlene Owens, the straight-talking, energetic leader of the substance use disorder unit for the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. She’s here to teach the 60 or so folks in front of her how to save the life of someone overdosing on heroin or other opioids.

“Alright, you guys, we’re ready to get this party started,” Owens says as she prepares to spend the next two hours talking the group through the basics of naloxone, the opioid overdose-reversing nasal spray that is better known by its brand name, Narcan. Everyone who completes the session will get a free kit containing two doses of the antidote.

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