Aetna Donates Hundreds Of Narcan Kits In N. Ky.

Posted On August 23, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin demonstrates the use of Narcan at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, August 23. Photo provided.

(Burlington, Ky.) – More than 720 doses of Narcan are being distributed to first responders in northern Kentucky and eastern Kentucky.

Governor Matt Bevin was on hand at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning to announce a partnership with Aetna. The health insurance company is donating the Narcan – also known as naloxone – doses to help prevent opioid overdose deaths.

“We are grateful to Aetna for their generous donation in support of Kentucky’s fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Bevin, who also participated in a training demonstration of Narcan.

“We don’t have the luxury of pretending there isn’t a problem and Aetna is helping us address this issue head on. Every single life has value and is worth saving. It is up to all of us to work together and find real, long-lasting solutions.”

In 2016, Kentucky saw 456 fatal overdoses in which heroin was a factor, and 623 more deaths involved fentanyl.

Each overdose kit will include two doses of Narcan nasal spray and directions on how to properly administer it to an addict who has fallen victim to an overdose, or a law enforcement officer who may accidentally come in contact with a small but lethal amount of fentanyl.

Dr. Lynn Saddler, District Director of Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department, says naloxone is an important safety tool.

“Police are often the first on the scene of potential overdose, and can administer naloxone as a life-saving measure until EMS arrives,” Saddler said. “Further, police officers may be accidentally exposed to opioids through the course of their work. With powerful opioids like fentanyl circulating in our communities, this exposure could lead to potential overdose—with instance of this having been reported recently in nearby states. Naloxone can be a tool to protect officer safety.”