(WKTV) - ACR Health in Utica is now training private citizens -- for free -- in the use of Narcan to prevent heroin and other opiate-based overdoses.
ACR-trained providers who work with populations that are at risk for addiction opened training to the general public at 5 p.m. Thursday. They stress that Narcan can be used for more than just counteracting heroin overdoses.
"We certainly encourage people who work in the substance abuse field to take the training because of their access to a population likely to experience an overdose on the premises," said Erin Bortel, director of health prevention at ACR> "For instance, but generally, anyone who has opiates in their home -- whether they're prescription or not -- is encouraged to participate in the training."
Those taking the training receive a Narcan kit. Officials at ACR stress there's no harm in giving it to someone who turns out not to be suffering from an overdose.