A total of 108 people have taken the county’s free Naloxone training course in the past month, with more classes scheduled for June.
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.
“It has been proven time and time again that Narcan saves lives,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.
“Since the overdose spike that was detected by our Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program in March, the Oneida County Overdose Response Team has utilized a wide-ranging attack on our opiate problem.”
More than 260 county employees are already registered for the training in June.
Most of the hour-long sessions will be held at the Center for Family Life and Recovery at 502 Court St. in Utica.
• June 11 at 5:30 p.m.
• June 17 at 4:30 p.m.
• June 20 at 9 a.m. This session will be held at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties at 2608 Genesee St. in Utica.
• June 27 at 2 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.