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Renae Moch, director of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, foreground, holds two doses of Narcan during a training in December at the Wilton Public School with secretary Kristie Hagseth, middle, and Superintendent Amanda Meier on the application of the nasal spray medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. 

Sixteen people have been revived from overdoses with grant-purchased Narcan administered by local agencies from Oct. 27 to Feb. 24.

Renae Moch, director of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, updated the Mayors' Gold Star Community Task Force at its meeting Tuesday that 26 doses of Narcan revived the 16 persons.

"People sometimes need more than one dose," she said. 

Agencies that administered Narcan include the Bismarck Fire Department, Bismarck Police and Morton County Sheriff's Office.

Janisse and Murphy

Morton County Sheriff's deputies Justin Janisse, left, and Matt Murphy responded to an emergency call of a drug overdose north of Mandan on Nov. 22. Janisse administered a Narcan dose to counter the opioid drug taken by the victim. 

Narcan is a nasal form of Naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses.

Since October, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health has provided Narcan training to 298 people, including first responders, local schools and colleges. 

"We've kind of covered what we wanted to do with the prevention grant funds that we received, so from here forward we're going to look at the next funding cycle to maybe expand on that," Moch said. "I know we've had some requests from organizations like Youthworks and Community Options and those types of places to do some training."

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