Greene County Health offering community Narcan training session

Monday, April 1, 2024

Greene County Health Inc. will host a free Narcan training session on Wednesday, April 17 in which attendees will learn how to recognize and prevent an overdose. The training event will take place at the William T. Murphy Community Center, located at 618 Glenburn Rd in Linton across from Glenburn Senior Living.

Attendees will learn what to do in the case of an overdose as well as how to administer the lifesaving overdose reversal agent Naloxone, also known as the nasal spray Narcan.

According to a 2021 report from the Indiana Department of Health, Indiana totaled 1,695 drug overdose deaths in 2019, averaging to over four Hoosiers a day. Of those 1,695 deaths, 74% involved opioid overdose.

That same year, Naloxone was administered in only 22% of deaths. As the report states, “Making Naloxone more freely available may increase the likelihood of individuals having the overdose reversal drug on hand in their homes when they need it.”

Naloxone, as stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, acts as an opioid antagonist as it reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids while providing the possibility of quickly restoring normal breathing patterns.

In 2020, over 107,000 people across the United States died from an opioid-involved overdose according to an article from the Indiana Capital Chronicle. Studies have shown that public bystanders were present at the scene in more than one in three overdoses which involved opioids. “With the right tools,” states the commentary piece, “individual citizens can act to prevent numerous overdose deaths. Any person can carry naloxone, administer it to a person who is experiencing an overdose and potentially save a life.”

Narcan is an FDA-approved, needle-free device that is administered through a nostril spray, thus simplifying and shortening the process for first responders and bystanders.

The April 17 training session comes just weeks after a March 27 training session offered by Greene County Health at the Family Life Center in Bloomfield.

Along with the valuable knowledge gained from the training session, attendees will receive a free Narcan kit and certificate upon completion.

To register, contact Wendy Bailey of Greene County Health Inc. by emailing wendy.bailey@gc-health.org or call 812-847-7005. Registration can also be completed by visiting the link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-narcan-training-presented-by-greene-count....

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