August 23 2017

Preparing for an Emergency: Police Offering Residents Free Narcan Training


Due to the opioid epidemic sweeping across the country many emergency first responders have had to become proficient in injecting users who have overdosed with the life-saving Narcan shot. However, since time is of the essence when someone overdoses it is important that members of the public also know how to react in an emergency.

To that end Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent announced on Wednesday that the Burlington Opioid Outreach Program will offer a free nasal naloxone and harm reduction training to the public next week.

“Our aim is to provide this critical training to anyone who has a loved one or knows someone who is struggling with addiction,” Chief Kent said. “We encourage anyone who is affected by opioids, whether it’s directly or indirectly, to attend this meeting.”

The training will be held on Tuesday, August 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, 10 St. Mark’s Road.

Nasal naloxone, otherwise known as 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.

Police say attendees will learn how to administer Narcan, and a limited number of free doses of the opioid reversal drug will be available following the training. The event is free and open to everyone, even non-Burlington residents.

The training will be led by Dierdre Calvert, a medical coordinator at Column Health in Arlington and Somerville.


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