The free Narcan training sessions offered in Oneida County are making a difference.
More than 100 people have been trained in administering Narcan so far – in just the first month of the program.
The hope is that they will be able to save lives in the event of an overdose.
“It has been proven time and time again that Narcan saves lives,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. in a statement. “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. One piece of that response has been conducting free Narcan trainings for the public and county employees, which have already educated over 100 people in just one month, and will reach hundreds more in June. We will continue to be proactive in the fight against this epidemic and in our support of those in recovery and their families.”
All of the trainings are free and open to the public. Registration is not required but is suggested as seating is limited.
There are four community Narcan sessions scheduled for the following dates in June:
• June 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at CFLR, 502 Court St. in Utica
• June 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at CFLR, 502 Court St. in Utica
• June 20 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties at 2608 Genesee St. in Utica (targeting business leaders, library staff and convenience stores)
• June 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at CFLR, 502 Court St. in Utica
There are a total of 266 Oneida County employees signed up so far for a multitude of Narcan training sessions also taking place in June at various county facilities.
Narcan is administered as an injection or nasal spray and can temporarily reverse an overdose. The effects of Narcan begin within 2-5 minutes after the medication is administered.
The community Narcan training sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but suggested, as seating is limited. Please call CFLR to reserve a seat at 315-733-1709 or visit www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com.