Free Narcan training in Lincoln

Free Narcan training in Lincoln

LINCOLN – Menard CPR Training will host a free Narcan training session on Saturday, July 27, at 1 p.m. at 392 Old River Road, Lincoln.

Company owner Gabriel Menard, who also works for the Woonsocket Fire Department, said he sees the impact of the opioid crisis on every shift as a firefighter.

“Sometimes we have five overdoses in a shift,” he said. That number is on the rise with the proliferation of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s roughly 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.

Many users have overdosed on fentanyl after taking what they believed to be pure heroin that was cut with the synthetic opioid.

“Now, fentanyl is also being mixed in with other street drugs including cocaine and marijuana,” Menard said. “We’re going into neighborhoods where this shouldn’t be a problem ... people are overdosing with no idea they took fentanyl.”

Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is a medication used to block the effects of opioids and synthetic drugs like fentanyl, particularly during an overdose. It has saved tens of thousands of lives across the country, and studies have shown that its availability does not increase drug use.

Menard CPR is coordinating with the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition to train anyone interested in learning how to property administer Narcan, which will be distributed after the event for participants to take home. This will be the first time Menard will host a Narcan training session.

“This is an epidemic across the U.S. right now, and I’m just trying to help spread the word and pass on some knowledge so that people could potentially help someone down the line,” he said. “When I go into people’s houses after they’ve administered it, they’re often questioning whether they did it correctly.”

Narcan is a nasal spray, but generic naloxone is also available in the form of an injection.

Menard encourages people to come to the training. “You never know how this information could help a loved one,” he said. “I’m hoping to positively impact someone’s life with this.”