Equipping Summit County with Narcan: Jerry Craig, Executive Director ADM Board
Jerry Craig, the Executive Director of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug, Addiction and Mental Services Board, is working to get Narcan widely distributed in Summit County. He discusses the Summit County Opiate Task Force. Formed in 2014, the task force consists of a group of key individuals and organizations committed to reducing the tragic consequences of opiate abuse through education, collaboration and wise use of available resources.
Through the task force, Project DAWN has been created to equip Good Samaritans with Narcan. Jerry explains that DAWN stands for deaths avoided with naloxone. He goes on to describe what a DAWN clinic entails. “DAWN clinics essentially involve the provision of Narcan, instructions on administering [Narcan], recognizing the signs and symptoms of an overdose, and the importance of calling 911,” says Jerry.