Free Narcan and Naloxone training classes are being offered by Oneida County in May and June, according to an announcement by county officials.
The drug Naloxone — more commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan — is administered as either an injection or a nasal spray to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.
The county’s first-responder agencies are equipped with Naloxone, and the drug is available to the public to purchase.
Naloxone is a leading tool in the county’s fight against the opioid overdose crisis, the county officials said.
Addiction treatment experts say that people can easily learn to administer the drug to help friends or family members during an overdose.
“Narcan saves lives,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. in a release. “The more people who are trained in its use, the better chance we have at our number one goal, which is keeping people alive.”
The county Department of Health and the Oneida County Opiate Task Force are sponsoring these free classes, which will be held at the Center for Family Life and Recovery at 502 Court Street in Utica. Each class is an hour long. The schedule:
• May 9 at 9 a.m.
• May 17 at noon.
• June 11 at 5:30 p.m.
• June 17 at 4:30 p.m.
The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but it is suggested, because seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call the Center for Family Life and Recovery at 315-733-1709. You can also register at their website, www.WhenTheresHelpTheresHope.com.