Opiate addiction and overdose prevention training offered tonight

Opiate addiction and overdose prevention training offered tonight

WOONSOCKET – In response to the increase in opiate overdose deaths in Rhode Island, the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition, as a partner in the Woonsocket Health Equity Zone funded through Thundermist Health Center under a grant through the R.I. Department of Health, is seeking to educate the general public on opiate addiction and make Narcan/Naloxone more available in the community.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Serentiy Center at Community Care Alliance, 245 Main St., there will be a free drop-in training on opiate addiction and overdose prevention, including how to use Narcan/Naloxone to save lives. Interested individuals can drop-in at any time between 6 and 8 p.m. The training is individualized or in small groups and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Narcan/naloxone is a medication that counters the effects of opiate overdose, specifically countering the respiratory distress that leads to death. Once administered, a person begins breathing again and then must get emergency medical treatment. It is at that point of medical treatment that an individual is introduced to and offered substance abuse treatment. At this stage, many individuals do seek substance abuse treatment.

To register or for more information, contact the Woonsocket Prevention Coalition at 401-766-3332.