Points of dispensing clinics practice emergency preparedness

If a public health emergency like a pandemic influenza were to occur, DHSS would need to quickly mobilize to dispense medication to a large number people. To ensure everyone is prepared for these kinds of emergencies, our Public Health Nurses collaborate annually with emergency response partners in communities across Alaska to hold Points of Dispensing Clinics, which are essentially drills for dispensing medication to large groups. These past two months, successful dispensing drills that also provided residents with this year’s flu shot were held in Valdez, Ketchikan, Craig and Petersburg. A total of 665 Alaskans participated in those exercises. Homer is planning a similar exercise on Saturday, Dec. 8. In late October, the Kenai Public Health Center, along with many community partners, held the first dispensing drill in which naloxone, which reverses an opioid overdose, was distributed to Kenai residents. Over 289 life-saving Narcan kits were handed out at the Soldotna event so community members could help someone experiencing an opioid overdose. Watch this video to learn more about the Kenai drill, and visit the DHSS Health Emergency Response Operations website or the Public Health Nursing website for more information. 

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