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Free virtual Narcan trainings offered by Erie County Department of Health

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Mon, Sep 21st 2020 10:35 am

Online options to learn how, when to use Narcan to save life by reversing effects of opioid overdose

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force are presenting a series of virtual trainings on recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and on using Narcan to reverse an opioid overdose.

“We are concerned that this year the numbers of fatal and nonfatal opioid overdoses have increased, and we know that Narcan saves lives,” Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said. “With these online trainings, we can focus on getting this crucial information out to a larger audience and get Narcan into the hands of those who need it.”

“These virtual events are supplementing what we are doing to distribute Narcan in our community,” said Cheryll Moore, director of the Opiate Epidemic Task Force. “Our emergency Narcan boxes for businesses and organizations are very popular, as is our unique ‘Text for Narcan’ program.”

The trainings are offered in a one-hour format as “Lunch and Learns” for individuals who would participate during a lunch break, and also in a 90-minute format. Participants who provide a mailing address will receive a free Narcan kit after the training is complete. Register online at http://www.erie.gov/opioidtrainings. Participants will need a computer with Internet access or a smart phone with the ability to access WebEx.

‘Lunch and Learns’

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29: 11 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, Oct. 15: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: 1-2 p.m.

General Public Trainings

  • Thursday, Sept. 24: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 26: 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24: 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 21: 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 17: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 19: 9 9-10:30 a.m.

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