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Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone)

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 Program Contacts

April Vince MSSA, LSW
Program Manager
216.201.2000 ext 1538
Becky Karns MPH
Program Manager
216.201.2000 ext 1607

Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is an opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program.

Its purpose is to save lives by providing Naloxone to individuals and families of those who are at-risk for opioid overdose.

Cuyahoga County’s Project DAWN was launched on March 1, 2013 and has since documented nearly 1,000 overdose rescues.



Those who take part in the program learn about:

  • The risk factors for opioid overdose
  • Responding to an opioid overdose by calling 911
  • Giving rescue breaths
  • Administering nasal Naloxone


Participants are given free Naloxone kits containing three vials of Naloxone Hydrochloride medication. The training will teach you how and when to use Naloxone.


You can receive the training if:

  • You or someone you know is at-risk for opioid overdose, whether in recovery for opioid use disorder or actively using opioids
  • You may find yourself in a position to help someone who is at-risk of opioid overdose



Walk-in Clinics

Cuyahoga County MetroHealth Project DAWN operates four free community walk-in clinics that are open to everyone, regardless
of what county you live in:

12201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Walk-in hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11 p.m. – 3 p.m.


City of Cleveland – EMS Headquarters

1701 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland

Walk-in hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Note: Cleveland EMS Headquarters has free parking available on the street


5550 Venture Drive, Parma

Walk-in hours: First Friday of every month 9 a.m. -12 p.m.


Thomas F. McCafferty Health Center

4242 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland

Walk-in hours: Mondays and Wednesdays  |  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays  |  12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Project DAWN Expanded Mobile Unit (in the MetroHealth RV)
3370 W.25th St., Cleveland OH 44109
Walk-in hours:
Mondays – Fridays  |  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Project DAWN in Cuyahoga County is funded by the MetroHealth System, the Ohio Department of Health, the Cuyahoga County Executive’s Office, and the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County.

*Click here for a list of all Project DAWN sites throughout Ohio.


Resources & Links

Project DAWN on MetroHealth’s website

Project DAWN Quick Reference Guide

Project DAWN Training Video

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