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Lifesaving opioid kits donated to DeKalb County

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

It has been the most difficult seven years of her life. Robin Elliott lost her son to an opioid overdose in 2011.  

"My son Zack was a beautiful, bright, talented sweet kid.  Went to private school.  Played piano, played four sports, was popular and he was an opioid user," said Elliott.

Ever since she has been on a mission to save other lives as a part of the advocacy group called Georgia Overdose Prevention.

"Our mission truthfully is keep people alive long enough to get into long term recovery," said Elliott.

Thursday, she joined local Dekalb County leaders at an opioid summit to discuss ways to fight the drug crisis.  

"Our position is the more Naloxone out there the better," said Elliott.

The AETNA Foundation also took part in the summit and donated more than two hundred kits containing more than four hundred doses of the lifesaving drug Narcan.

"The idea here is that in the event somebody has an opioid overdose you can administer this and within 2-3 minutes hopefully the victim will start breathing again spontaneously," said Dr. Daniel Knecht with Aetna.

Local leaders intend to distribute the kits to first responders like firefighters and police officers.  the nasal spray kits can be used to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and save lives. 

"Sixty-four thousand people died of a drug related overdose last year.  That’s more than the HIV/Aids epidemic when it peaked.  That’s more than the entire Vietnam War.  Over 200,000 Americans died from the opioid epidemic over the past 10-years," said Knecht.

It's not just an issue in Dekalb. The Georgia Department of Public Health reports a 117 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths statewide between 2010 and 2016.  

The kits Dekalb County received are good for two years. Their expiration date is 2020. The Georgia Overdose Prevention said you can request your own kit from them by emailing info@georgiaoverdoseprevention.org.

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