Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of naloxone

On Saturday, Drugs in our Midst, the Pigeon Multicultural Center and N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition will be going door to door in the Pigeon and Ninevah communities to hand out Narcan kits.

Jean Parris, who organized Drugs In Our Midst, expects about two dozen volunteers to help with the effort.

Those interested in helping are invited to meet at the tent in front of the Pigeon center at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 where a large tent will be set up. Volunteers will be handing out the Narcan kits at the tent until 1 p.m. or until the supply runs out.

Parris said she is hoping volunteers will be able to start a conversation while knocking on doors in the neighborhoods.

“We recently had an overdose death in the Pigeon community because they did not have Narcan,” Parris said, explaining that many drugs are being laced with fentanyl, a drug 100 times more powerful than morphine. “It’s very deadly. A lot of users will think they just have an opioid and will not realize they have a product that is much more potent than they think. That has contributed to their overdose and possible death.”

Each kit that is valued at $35 has two doses of the overdose reversal drug.

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