February, 2018

A free community training session on the use of NARCAN to save a life from drug overdose is being offered by the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Drug and Alcohol Services. Mid-Atlantic has partnered with the county in providing the training site location.

The free training will be offered on February 26th, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Queen of Apostles Church Hall in Pennsville. Topics include overdose prevention strategies, signs and symptoms of overdose, how to administer Naloxone, rescue breathing, overdose prevention legal rights, and general support information.

A free NARCAN kit will be given to those attending at the end of the training.

“This is a critical training session, designed especially for those with family members or loved ones at risk of overdose,” said Freeholder Director Melissa DeCastro. Should anyone worry about how to intervene should a drug overdose occur, this session is available to help.”

“Drug addiction can happen to anyone as it does not discriminate. When you have a loved one that battles addiction, it can be heart wrenching. These NARCAN kits are known to help save a life and this training will give you at least one way to respond in the worst of situations,” said Freeholder Ben Laury, Chair of the Health, Human Services and Education Committee. “We urge everyone to take advantage of this training and go home with a very important NARCAN Kit to help you step in if ever needed.”

The response to the NARCAN training has been excellent. Seating is limited to 20 people so that the group is small enough to receive hands-on training. Additional training sessions will be held throughout the year so that we can meet the community’s need

Training will be provided by the professional staff from Urban Treatment Centers. Registration is required, as seating is limited.

To register, contact Maggie Vaughan, who directs the County’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Services at 856-935-7510 extension 8460, or email her at Maggie.vaughan@salemcountynj.gov