By Michael S. Lockett
Juneau Empire 

Project works to put opioid overdose kits at seafood processing plants


Following the death of her son to an opioid overdose in January, Sitka state public health nurse Denise Ewing and her husband, Gary Johnston, sought to prevent others from suffering the same loss.

Named after her son, Gabe Johnston, Project Gabe seeks to place opioid overdose kits at seafood processors across Southeast, aiming to protect the high-risk population from avoidable deaths.

“Gabe … had struggled with opioids for many years,” Ewing said in an interview. “When he passed, we said, ‘We have to stop this. This is stoppable.’”

The kits, in high-visibility red boxes, are m...

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