How Narcan Is Saving Lives: Emily Metz, Project DAWN


Greg interviews Emily Metz, program coordinator at Project DAWN, an opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program. The acronym DAWN stands for “deaths avoided with naloxone,” and that’s exactly what the program accomplishes. Naloxone, also known as narcan, is the antidote to any type of opiate overdose. The program distributes naloxone kits for free to those who need them, and it also educates community members on how to recognize and respond to an overdose.

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About Greg McNeil

My name is Greg McNeil. In October 2015 I lost my son, Sam, to a heroin overdose. I felt that no matter how bad things got, we would always be able to get Sam the help he needed. We tried both local and out of state treatment facilities, but each time a weak moment in an otherwise successful recovery meant a relapse. Throughout all of this, what we learned is we really didn’t have it covered after all. We weren’t equipped with all the tools we needed to succeed. Since his passing, I’ve come to realize there are now more families than ever in the same desperate situation we were in with Sam. That’s why we set up our foundation, Cover2 Resources, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.