Saginaw Spirit and Dow Event Center add opioid overdose emergency kits to arena


SAGINAW, Mich. - The Saginaw Spirit and Dow Event Center have purchased three opioid overdose emergency kits, which include the live-saving drug Narcan, for the arena.

Staff were trained Monday on how and when to use the kits.

"We're just preparing for it, doing what we can to help," said Caesar Donajkowski, catering chef, Dow Event Center.

Donajkowski knows first hand what Narcan can do. His father was battling cancer when he was once given too much pain medication.

"Narcan saved my father's life," said Donajkowski.

"We're so proud and thankful for the Dow Event Center and the Saginaw Spirit," said Lori Ziolkowski, founder, Families Against Narcotics Great Lakes Bay Region.

Ziolkowski says this is a major step toward saving lives and spreading awareness. But the Spirit doesn't plan to stop at this.

"The Saginaw Spirit are going to try and make a push, to try and make a league wide initiative with the OHL," said Josh Wheeler, Saginaw Spirit.

The kits at the Dow Event Center will be easily accessible to anyone. They are inside clear plastic boxes, labeled and do not need any key or tool to open.

"If we ever come across an overdose scenario inside the arena we can take care of it," said Wheeler.