A community collaboration sponsored by the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and the Bourne Substance Free Coalition will be held at Upper Cape Tech, which is located at 220 Sandwich Road in Bourne, on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00 pm. The training will be conducted at no cost by the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and is open to the public.
Narcan, whose generic name is Naloxone, is an opiate antidote and can reverse a potentially fatal overdose until help arrives; however, to purchase it your pharmacy needs a standing order or you need a prescription from a doctor, and you need to have participated in a training session. This program will provide that training and certification. Free Naloxone kits may be available on a limited basis at the end of the training.
If you have an active user in your household, are a user yourself, own a business where an overdose could potentially occur, or just want to learn more, this training is for you. Attendance and information about who receives training in using Naloxone is kept in strict confidence. Each person who is trained receives a code number that indicates that they have been trained and are certified to keep and administer Naloxone.
Opioid overdose is one of the leading causes of death in Massachusetts; in fact, overdose deaths from opiate drugs in Massachusetts now exceed deaths from car accidents. The victims of overdose due to opioids are getting younger. Cape Cod has experienced an epidemic of overdoses. Examples of opioids include Heroin, OxyContin, Methadone, Fentanyl, Morphine and many prescription pain medications. Naloxone blocks the opioid’s effects and restores normal breathing when sprayed into the nose of someone who has overdosed. It is safe, easy to administer and has no potential for abuse.
Anyone can attend this life-saving training, which will be completed in less than one hour. Attendees will learn about risks for overdose, how to recognize an overdose, how to respond to an overdose situation, and how to administer Naloxone.
This training may help save the life of someone you love.
Please RSVP the number of people attending (names not needed) to Elizabeth Griffin at 508-759-7711 ext. 248.