The Emergency Kit You Didn’t Know You Need Aboard w/ Project Gabe

Overall wellness comes in many forms, and being prepared for an opioid overdose can help save a life and protect everyone on board! Denise Damewood is a public health nurse in Sitka and created Project Gabe in honor of her stepson, Gabe Johnston, who passed away from an opioid overdose in January 2022. Project Gabe is a resource for harm reduction that provides opioid misuse awareness, education, and recovery tools.

In this episode, Denise provides information on the use and limitations of opioid reversal medications, the importance of fentanyl testing strips, and the implementation of Naloxone emergency boxes across Alaska. Linkage to care in resources below!

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Show Resources:

  • National helpline 1-800-662-4357 (Open 24/7)
  • More about Project Gabe:

  • Contact your Local Public Health Center to pick up a naloxone kit

  • To access Naloxone kits by mail, contact and Project Hope, if you’re in Alaska,

  • NAMI in Alaska- Alcohol Drug helpline 800-821-4357
  • Alaska Addiction Hotline 888-340-4035 (Open 24/7)

  • Never Use Alone  Overdose Prevention Lifeline 877-696-1996 and Facebook group.

  • Visit your local public health website/office to get free fentanyl testing strips and for further additional health assistance in your area

  • Visit your local health department for family resources.

For more information about opioids in Alaska, go to


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