Melesa Lassiter, BSN, RN, Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist:
Hello, I am, Melesa Lassiter BSN, RN, and a Dresden TN native. I graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and then completed the necessary testing to obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse. I have been with the Weakley County Prevention Coalition since September of 2017 as the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist (ROPS) of Region 6 North covering all off North-West Tennessee.
My goal as a ROPS of northwest Tennessee is to educate the public, medical community, law enforcement, and first responders on the opioid epidemic. I currently train and equip individuals with the life-saving drug Narcan (naloxone). Naloxone is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose.
In the year 2018, I was able to complete more that than 180 training opportunities offered to Individuals, law enforcement, first responders, agencies, libraries, and firefighters. Also in the year 2018, I was able to deliver more than 1,500 units of naloxone. Naloxone has the potential to save so many lives and now because of the ROPS positions across the state more persons are trained and able to assist someone in an overdose situation.