Aetna Donates Narcan to Wayne County

Donation Will Help Save Lives In a Region Afflicted With Opioid

WOOSTER, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kathryn Helmuth, M.D., Medical Director of the Wayne County Health
Department, today accepted a donation of 192 Narcan (naloxone) kits from
Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation to combat the ongoing opioid
crisis in Wayne County.

Aetna’s donation is the first of its kind to a county in Ohio. The kits,
valued at $15,000, will be distributed by the Wayne County Department of
Health and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department to be utilized
throughout Wayne County.

“Narcan saves lives,” said Dr. Helmuth. “Aetna’s donation will help our
police departments continue to reduce the number of lives lost due to
the opiate crisis in Wayne County.”

“Aetna is honored to combat the opioid epidemic in partnership with
Wayne County. We hope that our donation will assist community members in
an immediate need, so those struggling with opioid use disorder can get
the longitudinal treatment they need for recovery,” said Robert
Balchick, M.D., Aetna Medical Director. “These kits can, and do, save

The Ohio Department of Public Health reports that in 2016, unintentional
drug overdoses caused the deaths of 4,050 Ohio residents, a 32.8 percent
increase compared to 2015 when there were 3,050 overdose deaths. In
Wayne County, there were 25 deaths in 2017 and 38 deaths in 2016 due to

“Tragically, we have lost eight residents in 2018 alone due to
overdoses,” said Dr. Helmuth. “Having these additional life-saving
resources will help prevent situations that could become deadly.”

Aetna is fighting the misuse and abuse of opioids with integrated
pharmacy, behavioral health and medical programs. In June 2017, Aetna
published its opioid
strategy paper
, which describes the company’s work to prevent misuse
and abuse, intervene when an at-risk behavior is identified and
supporting patients with access to evidence-based treatments.


Aetna Media Contact:
Karla Cutting, 312-928-3020