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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Free Naloxone Opioid Overdose Response Training Available to Community

FREWSBURG, N.Y.:-- A free opioid overdose response training sponsored by the Strength of Support (S.O.S.) group will be held on May 16 in Frewsburg at the Relief Zone. 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 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 Strength of Support (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 Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Relief Zone, 5 Frew Run Street in Frewsburg. Those interested in attending must register by calling (716) 753-4507 as space is limited.

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

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