Canton City Public Health has started distributing the overdose antidote naloxone through its faith-based partners.


Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose.


CCPH encourages persons who are using drugs, their family members or friends and community members who are willing to respond to an overdose to carry naloxone.


Naloxone kits and training are now available at two faith-based sites:


• Family Empowerment Ministries Inc., 1150 E. State St., Alliance, 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays.


• Emmanuel Tabernacle Family Worship, 340 Belden Ave. NE, Canton, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays.


Days and times for other faith-based sites are pending. Training on how to use the naloxone kit takes about 15 minutes.


The faith-based distribution program is supported by a $113,000 state grant and is intended to get the life-saving medication in the hands of more Stark County residents, particularly African Americans.


Naloxone also is available at these locations:


Alliance


• Alliance City Health Department, 537 E. Market St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday though Friday.


• CommQuest Services, 1207 W. State St., Suite F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Canton


• CommQuest Services, 625 Cleveland Ave. NW, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


• CommQuest Services, 1341 Market Ave. N, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


• Coleman Crisis Center, 2421 13th St. NW, 24 hours a day, Tuesday through Friday; 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday; midnight to 4 p.m., Monday.


Massillon


• CommQuest Services ReCOR, 1660 Nave Road SE, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.