Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Dr. Joan Papp Featured in Plain Dealer, on WKYC and Fox 8
Dr. Joan Papp
, at the forefront of those fighting heroin addiction in Cuyahoga County, played a key role in the passage of HB 170 this past week. The bill, which now sits on Governor John Kasich's desk, allows those in position to help heroin addicts (including family, friends and police officers) to receive Naloxone prescriptions. Previously, Naloxone prescriptions were limited to heroin addicts themselves. Dr. Papp, who launched Project DAWN
, which distributes Naloxone kits and educates the community on heroin addiction, will now be able to reach even more people and save even more lives.
She was interviewed on the passage of HB 170 by the Plain Dealer
and WKYC Channel 3
She did tell Fox 8 that implementing the bill will take time.
"While they have permission to distribute Naloxone, it's going to take a while for the police officers and the departments to get a protocol set up and set the program in place," Dr. Papp said.