In response to a series of local heroin overdoses this year, Erie County is teaming up with the West Seneca Vigilant Fire Department to train people to administer an antidote.
After the free two-hour course, offered twice next month, participants will get a kit with two doses of naloxone, which goes by the trade names Narcan and Evzio.
“Time is of the essence when a person has overdosed on opioids,” said Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Health Commissioner in a press release.
Overdoses this past year have happened in all parts of the community, urban, rural and in low and high-income areas. The state’s “good samaritan law” protects an overdose victim and those who help from arrest for misdemeanor drug possession and felony prosecution, unless there are aggravating circumstances.
The training sessions, which require registration, are on Monday, July 20, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, July 21, 9-11 a.m. For information call 858-7690.