Calvert County Health Department now Offers Free Overdose Response Training
Participants receive an Overdose Rescue Kit that includes naloxone
The Calvert County Health Department is now offering free training and naloxone (Narcan) kits that will prepare community members to respond to overdoses from heroin and prescription opioids. Administering naloxone respond to overdoses from heroin and prescription opioids. Administering naloxone quickly in the event of an overdose, along with calling 911, can help save lives.
Opioids include heroin and prescribed medications such as methadone, codeine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. When taken in excessive amounts or in combination with alcohol, benzodiazepines (like Valium or Xanax), or other drugs, opioids can cause someone to stop breathing. Naloxone is a safe and effective prescription medication that temporarily blocks the effects of opioids, restores breathing, and saves lives.
The 1.5 hour training will provide the following information:
- How to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose
- How to respond to an opioid overdose
- How to administer intramuscular naloxone
- Aftercare and other treatment and support resources
Training participants will receive a certificate, prescription, and an Overdose Rescue Kit containing two doses of intramuscular naloxone. Training is recommended for anyone who may be in a position to witness and respond to an overdose. This includes people who currently use heroin and/or prescriptionto an overdose. This includes people who currently use heroin and/or prescription opioids, as well as their friends and family members. Certain people may be at higher risk for overdose, such as individuals who inject drugs, those who have previously experienced an overdose, and those who were recently released from detox, rehab, or jail. Having naloxone on hand in case of emergency can be a valuable tool to save lives, while giving people another chance to seek treatment and recovery.
Maryland law also allows physicians, advanced practice nurses, dentists, and other providers with prescribing authority to prescribe naloxone to any patient who is believed to be at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose or in a position to assist an individual at potential risk of an opioid overdose. This means that, instead of or in addition to attending an overdose response training, you can go directly to your provider to get naloxone and get educated on how to use it to save someone’s life.
The health department training will be offered in addition to training delivered by Advocates for a DrugFree Calvert County, a community based organization that distributed naloxone kits to over 100 Calvert residents during 2015. More information about their organization and training schedule can be found at www.advocatesforadrugfreecalvert.com.
The 20152016 Training Schedule is as follows:
Thursday, January 21st , 7 8:30pm
Prince Frederick Rescue Squad
755 Solomons Island Rd S
Tuesday, February 16th, 7 8:30pm
Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Department
13150 HG Trueman Rd
Thursday, March 17th, 7 8:30pm
Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department
3170 W Ward Rd
Thursday, April 21st, 7 8:30pm
St.Leonard Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad
200 Calvert Beach Rd
Calvert Substance Abuse Services, part of the Calvert County Health Department, seeks to improve publi health and safety by providing prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services to Calvert County residents. As part of its efforts, the organization provides workshops, forums, presentations and trainings about substance abuse www.Facebook.com/ActNowCalvert
The Calvert County Health Department seeks to promote and protect the health of county residents by preventing illness and eliminating hazards to health. As an agent of both the state and county governments, the department enforces health laws, particularly addressing sanitation and communicable diseases, as well as provides health services to individuals and the community at large. (www.calverthealth.org)