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Niagara Falls church to offer class in Narcan use

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara will host a free two-hour program that will teach people to use Narcan to save a person from an opiod overdose.

Those who complete the training, provided by the Erie County Health Department, will be given a free Narcan kit to take home, supplied by the state Department of Health.

The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 in the church, 639 Main St., Niagara Falls. Participants should register by calling 285-8381, or e-mailing, providing their name and contact information and the number attending.

"Narcan can save people’s lives, and with the epidemic of opioids upon us everyone needs to know how to help," said church spokesman Peter Diachun.  "It may be someone in your own family or a friend who becomes addicted."

The version of Narcan that will be distributed is squirted into the nose of a person who has overdosed. Although instructors will explain how to recognize the signs of an opiod overdose, Narcan does no harm if the person has another medical problem.

-- Anne Neville

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