155 East Main St., Kent, Ohio 44240

Project Dawn

project-dawnWhat is Project DAWN?

Portage County Health Department and Mental Health Recovery Board of Portage County have joined together to bring the Project DAWN program to Portage County residents. Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is a community-based drug overdose prevention and education program. It provides Naloxone kits to friends, family, and community members who are in a position to help someone nearing an overdose and preventing a death.


Participants of the program will attend a 30 minute class to learn to:

  • recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose
  • distinguish between different types of overdoses
  • perform rescue breathing
  • call emergency medical services
  • administer intranasal Naloxone
  • identify treatment and services within Portage County


At the completion of the class, participants will receive a Project DAWN kit. The kit contains 2 doses of nasal Naloxone, 2 nasal atomizers, 1 face mask for CPR, an instructional DVD, and referral information. The kits and education are FREE to Portage County residents.Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a safe, non-habit forming drug that is used to reverse an overdose from an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medications). It has one function, to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death.The Project DAWN is being made available through the partnership of the Portage County Health Department and Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County.


When are the Project Dawn classes?

The 30 minute classes are held on Mondays and Tuesday.

Mondays: 1:00-2:30pm

Tuesdays: 9:00am-10:30am and 5:30-6:00pm

Call 330.296.9919 to schedule a class. Appointments are required.

For more information or questions about Project DAWN please call 330.296.9919. Speak to Kat at extension 107 or Becky at extension 137.