Project DAWN is a community based overdose education and naloxone distribution program. Naloxone is a drug that is designed to partially or completely reverse the effects of opioid overdose. The delivery device for the drug utilizes a Mucosal Atomization Device (MAD), which atomizes the medication into a mist. The drug is absorbed directly into the patient's blood stream avoiding first-pass metabolism where it is then absorbed directly into the brain and cerebrospinal fluid via olfactory mucosa.
Overdose is currently the leading cause of accident related death in the United States. Deaths dropped by 20% in Chicago the year the program started and an additional 10% the second year. House Bill 170 was recently passed in Ohio which allows doctors to prescribe Naloxone. It was with this bill that Project DAWN was born.
The newly designed dispenser comes with the naloxone already loaded into the device. It also features dual nasal dispensers cutting the time to administer in half since the drug needs to be sprayed in each nostril.