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Narcan training scheduled next week

JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is sponsoring a free opioid overdose response (Narcan) training on Tuesday, July 14 at 4 p.m. at Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), 501 West Third St., Jamestown. 

The class is open to the public and will provide training to community members who wish to learn to respond to an opioid overdose by administering naloxone, also known as Narcan.  Narcan is an opioid antagonist that reverses opiate effects of sedation and respiratory depression during an opioid overdose. Narcan can be administered by first responders or friends and family of someone who is experiencing an opiate overdose.

The goal of the training is to prevent death and other negative consequences of opioid overdose by training nonmedical responders to recognize a suspected opioid overdose and to take appropriate action. The learning objectives for participants include: identifying risk factors for overdose, recognizing the signs of an overdose, performing techniques to stimulate someone who appears to have overdosed, correctly performing rescue breathing, and correctly administering naloxone.

Upon successful completion of the 90 minute training, each participant will be provided with a certificate and a free naloxone (Narcan) kit. The training is open to the public. Call CASAC at 716-664-3608 to register for the training, as spots are limited.