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Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque offering heroin rescue kits and training classes

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque is taking steps to combat heroin overdoses in the Tri-States.

"We are going to be doing some Narcan training and helping people get in touch with Narcan kits to assist opioid overdoses, such as prescription pain medication and even heroin," said Gwen Hall-Driscoll, Education Community Nurse at Mercy.

The rescue kits will offer two doses of Narcan nasal spray, the medicine used to save users from an overdose.

This comes after some people here in Dubuque have been working tirelessly to help solve the opioid problem. 

"It's time to break the stigma, it's time to put attention on this issue that is happening here in Dubuque," said Sue Green, a community prevention specialist with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa.

So far this year, there have been 21 opioid overdoses -- eight of them deaths.

That's why Mercy hospital says it's important to offer this training now. "This is actually one dose, you just pull it out, hold it like you would a plunger, there's no priming or anything. You just push on the bottom inserting the top part into the nose," added Hall-Driscoll.

Although it's not a treatment, health professionals say it's a step in the right direction. "Again, this isn't treatment for an addiction to opioids, prescription pain pills or heroin. It is a stop gap measure for someone who is overdosing," said Hall-Driscoll.

To get the Narcan rescue kit, people have to attend a training session.

The first one will be held Friday Aug. 5th. After that, there will be two more in August.

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