November 13, 2017
OSWEGO - On Monday, November 27, Oswego County hosts four training sessions to address opioid overdose and the use of naloxone (also known as Narcan) to reverse its effects. The free classes are tailored for first responders and those likely to witness an opioid overdose.
The first session runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a second to follow from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Both take place at the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner Street, Oswego. The third and fourth sessions are scheduled to run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Fire Station, 12 Lake Street, Pulaski.
New York State's Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) is organizing the program through a federal grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"This training is part of the state's response to the opioid epidemic facing our country," said Oswego County Emergency Management Director Dale Currier. "It is targeted to address the large numbers of emergency room visits and fatalities we're seeing that are related to opioid use."
Participants will learn about fatal opioid overdoses, including their risk factors and the impact they have on the community. They will also learn the "Five Essential Steps" in SAMHSA's toolkit, such as how to identify an overdose and properly administer naloxone which is fundamental in decreasing overdose fatalities. Upon completion of training, each participant will receive a naloxone rescue kit.
Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator Renee Fox added, "This is an opportunity for participants to receive critical information about opioid overdose and, most importantly, learn how to save a life."
To register for this free training, call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 315-591-9150 or e-mail the director at email@example.com.
For more information about the program or to schedule training, e-mail NYS's OASAS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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