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Initiative looks to train Toledo residents in use of Narcan

Monday, July 31, 2017

by The Toledo Blade

Sarah Heslet’s life had once been defined by addiction.

A longtime alcoholic and cocaine addict, she began snorting Oxycontin in 2004 and taking heroin in 2008. It wasn’t until 2015, when she woke up one morning to the realization that “51 percent wanted me to live and 49 percent wanted me to die,” that she ended the potentially fatal habit and co-founded Team Recovery, a non-profit organization that aims to help addicts and their families get sober. 

On Sunday, she stood beside Toledo City Council candidate Sam Melden at Asbury Park as he announced “Block Out Heroin,” an initiative to train hundreds of Toledo residents to administer the overdose-reversal drug that had once saved her life: Narcan, a brand name of the drug naloxone.