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First of four Narcan training sessions in city to be held Wednesday

The Buffalo Police Department is holding the first of four community Narcan training sessions at 6 p.m. Wednesday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.

The sessions, which are free and open to the public, will focus on how to administer the life-saving overdose antidote. Attendees will receive a free Narcan kit, containing two doses of Narcan, upon completion of the training session.

“As the epidemic of heroin and opioid drug overdose deaths continues in our city, our region and cities across the country, we believe it’s time to train and equip community members to aid in the rescue effort. While having our police officers carry Narcan is making a difference and saving lives, we need the help of our community to further address this important health issue,” said Buffalo Police Department Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

The other training sessions will be held at the following locations:

• Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St.

• Saturday, April 2, 2 to 3 p.m. in New Testament Cathedral, 987 Kensington Ave.

• Thursday, April 21, 6 to 8 p.m. in St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main St.