LANSING, MI — In honor of Overdose Awareness Day, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching a new program with emergency medical services (EMS) providers to further prevent opioid overdose deaths.
EMS providers will give overdose survivors extra naloxone kits, the medication that reverses opioid overdoses.
In 2018, overdoses killed 2,599 Michigan citizens. Nearly 80 percent of those deaths involved opioids. Overdose Awareness Day memorializes the individuals whose lives have been lost to an overdose, and marks an occasion to offer support to the family, friends and communities impacted by this epidemic.