Naloxone training slated for Jan. 31

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Logan County District Board of Health members were informed at their Wednesday afternoon meeting about a free naloxone training that will be offered to the public Jan. 31 as a cooperative effort of the Logan County Health District and the Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties.

Nursing Director Kelly Reaver said the educational program is slated for 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the health district, 310 S. Main St., with presentations by health district staff, including public health nurse Ashley Kunkel.

Naloxone, known by its trade name Narcan, can help to reverse the effects of opioids when given to a patient who has overdosed. Although Narcan will not be given out at the training, Reaver said the session will provide attendees with information about how to obtain and safely administer naloxone, which is now available at some local pharmacies without a prescription.

“While it is available locally, Narcan can be costly to obtain. Many insurance companies don’t cover it, and it costs about $120 per dose,” she said. LCHD presenters also will walk the audience through the signs of an opioid overdose, and will offer resources related to treatment services and supports for families.

Reaver said the session is geared for a number of community partners involved in fighting the opioid epidemic.

“We imagine the training could be helpful for family members and friends of people fighting addiction and in recovery, and also for people who work with the public, perhaps at various stores in the area, who could encounter an overdose situation when someone visits their business or agency.

“Our staff here at the health district are being trained in naloxone administration as well.”

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