In an effort to fight the increasingly deadly opioid epidemic, kits to reverse overdoses and educational programs are now being offered in Calhoun County.

The Calhoun County Public Health Department says Wednesday that they have partnered with the Calhoun County Opioid Coalition and the Substance Abuse Council to offer these Narcan kits and training on how to use them; clients will learn how to do rescue breathing and administer the drug to potentially save the life of a person overdosing.

Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, is a nasal spray that is becoming one of the primary first options to fight opioids; these kits are provided through a grant by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Endowment Fund. They can be picked up at the Battle Creek Health Department at 190 E. Michigan Ave. from 8am to 3:45pm, and at the Albion Health Department at 214 E. Michigan Ave. from 8am to 11:45am/1pm to 3:45pm.

The Health Department also wants to remind the public that when someone is overdosing, they should immediately call 911, as Michigan law protects people from criminal charges in the event of a drug overdose.