church donates dollars for Narcan drug overdose kits
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[March 08, 2016]
- On Thursday morning, Sandy Meinershagen and Tonita Reifsteck paid
a visit to Emily Hauter at the Logan County Department of Public Health.
The women were there representing the St. John United Church of Christ
Outreach Ministry. The ministry recently held a fundraiser through the
Culver’s restaurant in Lincoln and raised $307.31 to give to the
Department Public Health for the purchase of Narcan drug overdose
Meinershagen is the chairperson of the outreach ministry with
Reifsteck the co-chair of a project dedicated to continuing to raise
money for the Narcan kits. The two women presented the check to
Hauter and talked briefly about plans to continue raising funds to
purchase the Narcan kits.
Reifsteck explained that the church got involved in this project
because death by drug overdose has hit close to home in the church.
The grandchild of a member of the church died of drug overdose.
There was no Narcan available to help that person, and that is
something that the church wants to change.
The women also said that there are two upcoming fundraisers already
planned, including one that will take place through the ReNew Thrift
Shop in Lincoln. The public can participate in the fundraiser in two
ways. During the month of April, when donations are brought into the
shop, the person at the counter may be told that the donor wants to
support the Narcan Project. When shop staff process the items and
put them on display, there will be special tags used to show that
the item is part of the Narcan Project.
For shoppers, look for the tag denoting an item is part of the
Narcan project. When the shopper checks out, 60 percent of the
receipt for a Narcan designated item will be set aside for the
Reifsteck said that ReNew Thrift Shop will be doing this kind of
fundraisers for other organizations, but the St. John Narcan Project
is the first. The fundraiser will run through the month of April.
ReNew Thrift shop is located at 210 South Sangamon Street in
Narcan, according to Hauter can be a life-saving drug for those who
are the victims of drug overdose. The kits will be supplied to first
responders, primarily law enforcement, in Logan County so that when
they are called to a scene they have the opportunity to administer
the drug and perhaps save a life.
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Hauter said each kit contains two doses of the life-saving drug. The
drug is administered through the nostril and can be used even if the
victim is not breathing. If the first dose is not effective, a
second dose can be administered.
She said the dollars given today will buy at least two kits. Right
now, the kits cost approximately $160 each. Hauter said she is
researching sources for buying the kits and is hoping to find a less
costly supplier so that the money given can go further.
Hauter said law enforcement is often the first on the scene in
drug-related cases. Administering the drug as soon as possible is
important, so being able to provide police officers with this kit is
vital to lowering the death statistics in drug overdoses in Logan
Reifsteck said that the church plans to continue raising funds for
these kits, and hopes that the day will someday come when they are
no longer needed in our community.
To learn more about the fundraiser at ReNew Thrift and consignment,
contact Toni Reifsteck at 217-732-9796 or Bobbi Reddix at ReNew.