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Posted by: Steve Kimmel

Douglas Huntsinger

The Harmony Home of Huntington, Inc., will hold a dedication to install a new NaloxBox to help those needing assistance in case of an overdose. The dedication will be held at the home at 751 E. Tipton Street on Monday, November 1 at 1 p.m. The NaloxBox will be dedicated to all the lives lost to overdose.

The NaloxBox is a box that contains Naloxone, which can save a person’s life in the event of an overdose. This will be the first NaloxBox in service in Huntington County.

Attending the dedication will be Douglas Huntsinger, pictured, executive director for the Indiana Drug Prevention, Treatment & Enforcement for the State of Indiana. Huntsinger’s role is to coordinate efforts to combat the drug crisis and help Hoosiers struggling with addictions.

According to Robert Knorr, executive director of the Harmony Home, “The reason for the NaloxBox is that Huntington County is currently struggling with drug overdoses. This isn’t just a few people that are affected, almost anybody you talk to knows of an addict or an alcoholic, in need of help,” said Knorr.

Knorr says currently, “214 people die each day in the U.S. of a drug overdose.”

Currently the Harmony Home has 20 men between two locations. Throughout the nine-month program, residents are assisted with getting a job, driver’s license, GED if they don’t have one and paying off debt.

The home also offers resources to individuals including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. AA and NA groups meet Monday through Friday, at noon, at the Harmony Home and the public is welcome to attend these meetings. Several other meetings are held in other locations around Huntington.

Harmony Home is privately funded through the community. Individuals interested in donating can see a list of needs or give a monetary gift by visiting their website at harmonyhomeofhuntington.com. Those wanting more information about the services offered by Harmony Home may also visit their Facebook page here or call Knorr directly at (260) 515-0656.

The Overdose Lifeline, Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI) are all a part of the Governor’s initiative to stop overdose.