Michele Spring Reporting

(Friday, April 13, 2018) Project DAWN, a community-based overdose education and Naloxone distribution program, was recently awarded money through The Joe Otte Memorial Fund.

The Tuscarawas County Health Department had received money last year through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health with a goal of distributing 350 Naloxone kits by June 30th.

Project DAWN Manager Andrea Dominick says that goal will be met within the next couple of months, but leaves Tuscarawas County without a practicable option to fund this campaign.

“I reached out to Mary Ann Otte to see if she knew of anyone who could help us and she thought that would be a great thing that her memorial fund could help. So we filled out an application, she and her fund committee met and then we were awarded some money to help with Project DAWN.”

Otte lost her son in 2013 to a heroin overdose after a long hard fought battle with drug addiction. She founded The Joe Otte Memorial Fund in hopes to raise awareness about the causes and risks associated with addiction.

The DAWN project teaches people to recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose, as well as administering intranasal Naloxone, which is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose.

For more information on Project DAWN, you can visit www.tchdnow.org/project-dawn.html.

For more information on The Joe Otte Memorial Fund, you can visit www.adamhtc.org/joe-otte-memorial-fund.

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