TONIGHT--Free Narcan training sessions 6:30 p.m.

Echo Hose Ambulance is hosting two additional free Narcan & Opiates Training sessions open to volunteers, friends, family, and the public. Registration is required

When the Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps co-hosted this event in June, 31 people attended.  If you were unable to attend the June session, you can make it to one of the upcoming September sessions. If you did attend, and think someone you know might be interested, let them know and tell them to sign up on the Echo Hose website.

This one hour class emphasizes key points and facts you will need to know when understanding and recognizing an overdose as well as what you can do if it should happen. The training will again be provided by Director of Behavioral Health Services Danbury, Joanne Montgomery, and is sponsored by the CT Department of Public Health.  Upon successful completion, each person will receive a “Certificate of Completion” and an intramuscular/Nasal overdose kit (if the person desires).

The upcoming sessions are on Friday, Sept. 2 and Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Echo Hose Training Facility located at 286 Howe Avenue, Shelton.

Registration is required and can be completed at Space is limited to 30 people. Echo Hose staff have instructed all who are interested to RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

According to the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, “Opioid abuse/misuse, whether of heroin or prescription painkillers (e.g., Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin), is at unprecedented levels and is exacting a huge toll in terms of dependence, addiction, overdose and death, in addition to the suffering of the individual involved and those that care about him/her. While access to naloxone (narcan) won’t solve the opioid abuse/misuse problem, it will save lives. Naloxone (narcan) is the antidote to an opioid overdose.”

“Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, codeine, and methadone. In response to the increasing number of opioid-related fatal overdoses in Connecticut, the Department of Public Health is sponsoring a pilot program that is distributing intra-nasal naloxone (Narcan©), along with opioid overdose prevention education, to opioid users and to trusted people in their lives such as family, friends, and staff of human services programs.  Please visit the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services  website for additional information about Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone.

Emergency responders including paramedics and emergency room physicians have been using naloxone since the 1970's to revive people who are experiencing an opioid overdose. Many programs nationally, and now here in Connecticut have been making this life-saving medication available to people who are most likely to witness an overdose.” – CT Department of Public Health