Training classes will be held in December at local health departments in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and will teach professionals, stakeholders and any concerned community member how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency by administering Narcan® (a brand name for naloxone). This medication reverses the effects of opiates on the brain, giving time for emergency services to respond and provide medical care. The class also covers risk factors for opioid overdoses.
“The opioid epidemic is so widespread in our area that this training is crucial for everyone,” said Sue Cantrell, M.D., director of the LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau Health Districts. “A person who has overdosed is unconscious and unable to self-administer the antidote, so it is important to get as many community members trained and carrying Narcan® as possible.”
These classes are FREE and open to the public. The training only takes 30 minutes or less and is available on a walk in basis, no pre-registration required. Classes are available on the following days and times:
· Wise County Health Department, 134 Roberts Ave., SW, Wise.
o Monday, December 10 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Lee County Health Department, 134 Hill St., Jonesville.
o Wednesday, December 19 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Scott County Health Department, 190 Beech St., Suite 102, Gate City.
o Thursday, December 20– 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Almost every family has been touched in some way by the opioid epidemic,” said Dr. Cantrell. “Getting trained and carrying Narcan® is a great way for our communities to get involved. Everyone is encouraged to attend the trainings and take advantage of the no cost Narcan® while it is available.”
For more information, contact District Health Educators Dan Hunsucker at 276-386-1312 or Daniel.Hunsucker@vdh.virginia.gov, or Melanie Deel at 276-328-1904 or Melanie.Deel@vdh.virginia.gov.