Free Overdose Response Training Available

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A free opioid overdose response training will be held at the next Strength of Support (S.O.S.) group meeting on March 17, 2015 in Dunkirk. The training is open to the public and is available to those in the community who wish to become trained to respond to an opioid overdose by administering naloxone, also known as Narcan. Narcan is an opioid antagonist which reverses opiate effects of sedation and respiratory depression during an opioid overdose.

Narcan can be administered by first responders or friends and family of someone who is experiencing an opiate overdose. The goal of the training is to prevent death and other negative consequences of opioid overdose by training nonmedical responders to recognize a suspected opioid overdoses and to take appropriate action. The learning objectives for participants provided by the New York State Department of Health include knowing the four risk factors for overdose, recognizing three signs of an overdose, performing techniques to stimulate someone who appears to have overdosed, correctly performing rescue breathing, and correctly administering naloxone.

The training will be hosted by the S.O.S. group facilitated by Chautauqua Tapestry Family Lead Melody Morris. The S.O.S. group meets monthly and provides support and resources for people in the community impacted by the addiction of a loved one. The group recognizes that heroin and pain medication dependency has no boundaries and provides hope and education to those who seek support.

The free opioid overdose response training is open to the public and will be held the evening of Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator. Those interested in attending must register by calling (716) 753-4507 as space is limited. More specific information including time and the specific location of the training will be given at the time of registration.

For more information about the S.O.S. group, please call Melody Morris, Chautauqua Tapestry Family Lead at (716) 753-4157.