August 10 2018

Learn How to Save a Life with Free Narcan Training


The Burlington Police Department and the group Burlington Overcoming Addiction are offering a free training class that could give you the tools needed to save a life.


They will be hosting a Narcan Training on Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.


During the training you can learn about Naloxone, the life-saving opioid reversal drug, and how to properly administer Narcan to save a life. Narcan is an opioid antagonist that can reverse the effects of a potentially fatal overdose by displacing the drug from the receptors in the brain. Narcan is available at pharmacies across the state through a standing order and can be delivered directly to your home.


This free nasal naloxone and harm reduction training for the public will be facilitated by Dierdre Calvert, a medical coordinator at Column Health in Arlington and Somerville. The training is open to anyone, including non-Burlington residents.


This is the second year the training has been offered. Last year approximately 20 people took the course and two of those ended up using what they learned to reverse overdoses and likely saving a couple of lives, police say.

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