Safe Streets Wichita launches overdose awareness effort
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Last year, by percentage, Kansas had the second highest increase in drug overdose deaths in the nation, according to CDC data. That is why Safe Streets Wichita, a drug prevention coalition, is launching an effort to share information on where to get Naloxonea life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses.
Saturday, September 3, Safe Streets Wichita launches its door hanger project. Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will meet at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Waco and from there will travel to surrounding neighborhoods to distribute hangers containing information about what naloxone is, where to get it and how it can save lives. The objective is to distribute more than 11,000 hangers.
“…(It doesn’t matter) how many people show up [Saturday], we’re going to hang up the door hangers again. My goal is that we will try to knock on as many doors as possible and in terms of capacity before the end of this month,” said Ngoc Vuong, Community Mobilizer for Safe Streets Wichita.
Vuong said all of the information the group distributes comes from Sedgwick County Health Department documents. Safe Streets said the health department has printed more than 20,000 additional materials and they hope to distribute them all and continue to raise awareness.
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