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Mail Me Narcan program providing Hope Kits to residents via Postal Service

The Journal Times - 5/17/2024

May 16—RACINE — The City of Racine is participating in the Mail Me Narcan program, an initiative that is part of the Public Health Department's Harm Reduction Program.

Mail Me Narcan will provide a Narcan Hope Kit through the U.S. Postal Service that contains two doses of Narcan nasal spray, fentanyl test strips, a CPR mask, instructions for using the items and information about local services.

Narcan is a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, and fentanyl test strips can help detect the opioid commonly involved in overdose deaths.

Residents may receive one free Hope Kit per month, the city said.

Mail Me Narcan is modeled after the city health department's Mail Me Condoms program, which provides free condoms and other safer sex supplies to Racine County residents.

The city said the initiative will increase the accessibility of Narcan to residents who are unable or unwilling to visit the Harm Reduction Program or its public health vending machine in person.

From 2014-22, more than 300 people in Racine County died from an opioid overdose, according to the city. In 2023, fentanyl contributed to 97% of opioid overdose deaths in the City of Racine.

To request a Narcan Hope Kit or for more information, visit https://www.cityofracine.org/health/narcan.

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