In America’s Heartland, an Unlikely Activist Tackles the Opioid Epidemic

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IHRC founder Sarah Ziegenhorn, far right, distributes Naloxone to drug users in the community. (Photo courtesy of IHRC)
IHRC founder Sarah Ziegenhorn, far right, distributes Naloxone to drug users in the community. (Photo courtesy of IHRC)

As communities across the U.S. grapple with the opioid epidemic, a Midwest-based group is using unconventional methods to promote the health of drug users.

Through street-based outreach, the IHRC has equipped drug users across the state with Naloxone—the drug that reverses opioid overdoses. Since 2016, the group has helped prevent more than 2,000 opioid-related deaths.

On this episode of the podcast, Kyle Wiand, a former drug user and outreach specialist for IHRC, speaks about his experience with drug dependency and how IHRC has motivated his recovery.

Direct Relief, through a donation from Pfizer, has donated 73,350 doses of Naloxone to IHRC since 2017.

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