Library to Host Opiate Overdose Response Training

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James Prendergast Library

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services will sponsor a free opioid overdose response training at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown.

The class will provide training to community members who wish to learn 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. It 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 overdose and take appropriate action.

The learning objectives for participants include identifying risk factors for overdose, recognizing the signs of an overdose, performing techniques to stimulate someone who appears to have overdosed, performing rescue breathing and administering naloxone correctly.

Each participant who successfully completes the 60-minute training will receive a certificate and a free Narcan kit.

The training is free and open to the public. Because training spots are limited, those interested are asked to register by calling the library at 484-7135.