Free training available in use of Naloxone for overdose reversal

Published Nov 20, 2017 at 4:00pm

Free training and education on the administration of Naloxone, or Narcan, a medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose, will be offered Nov. 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Rome Memorial Hospital classroom.

Ashlee Thompson, program director at the hospital’s Community Recovery Center, and Michelle Barrett, a registered nurse, will present the program. “Overdose fatalities can be prevented, especially if there is a witness that is trained and prepared to respond in a safe and effective manner,” said Thompson. “Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin or other opioids in the brain for 30 to 90 minutes.”

Since a life-saving law took effect in 2006, it is legal in New York for non-medical persons to administer Naloxone to another individual to prevent an opioid or heroin overdose from becoming fatal.

Registration is requested. Call the Community Recovery Center, (315) 334-4701, to sign up or for more information. The center provides alcohol and substance abuse treatment services, including an opioid overdose prevention program.