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Broome County Offering Free Narcan Training

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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is the life-saving drug that has been key in decreasing the rates of fatal opioid overdoses.
However, a majority of the public don’t know how to administer it, which is why the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) offered free naloxone training sessions through Broome County Thursday.

The training sessions will teach community members to understand, recognize, respond to and reverse opioid overdoses using a naloxone rescue kit, which will be provided to each participant after completing the course.

Health officials say knowing how to respond and reverse an opioid overdose can be the difference between life and death.

“Currently we are in a public health crisis of an opioid epidemic and the more people that we have that are aware of it and are trained to deliver the life saving narcan. It’s very important to our public health,” said Mary McFadden, Supervising Public Health Educator in Broome County.

Three sessions were held on Thursday at the Broome County Health Department, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, and Whitney Point High School Gym.

For those who missed the Thursday’s sessions, there will also be one held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Broome County Library.