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2020 Free NARCAN Training sessions – next session is February 12

2020 Free NARCAN Training sessions – next session is February 12

(Woodbury, NJ) The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Gloucester County Addictions Task Force have announced the dates for the 2020 free NARCAN training sessions as part of the county's continued effort to save lives while battling the opioid epidemic within the community.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “This is our third year offering residents the opportunity to obtain the knowledge needed to prevent an overdose and help save a life until first responders arrive. The amount of success and interest these training sessions have generated clearly show us how dedicated our residents are to keeping other safe.”

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health, said, “The opioid epidemic is one that we, as leaders, cannot take on alone. Beating this epidemic requires the help and support of our community as a whole.”

“By enrolling in these free training sessions, residents can learn what they need to know about NARCAN and how to use it and could become the difference between whether an individual who overdoses survives or not.”  Added Freeholder Jefferson.

The Overdose Prevention Act now allows doctors the ability to prescribe the opiate antidote Narcan (naloxone) to those in a position to help someone else during an overdose of heroin or other opioids. The law also eliminates civil and criminal liability to anyone who administers naloxone.

To register email or call 856-384-6929.

Sessions are free to attend but pre-registration is required as space is limited with only about 20 people able to attend per session. Free kits will be available to those who attend.

Training sessions will take place on the following Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.:

Feb. 12
Glassboro Public Library
2 Center St., Glassboro

March 11
Greenwich Library
411 Swedesboro Rd, Gibbstown

April 8
Logan Twp. Library
498 Becket Rd., Logan Twp

May 13
Swedesboro Library
1442 Kings Highway, Swedesboro

June 10
McCowan Memorial Library
15 Pitman Ave., Pitman

July 8
West Deptford Library
420 Crown Point Rd., West Deptford

Aug. 12
Community Center
1584 Coles Mill Rd., Franklinville

Sept. 9
Woodbury Library
33 Delaware St., Woodbury

Oct. 14
Mantua Twp. Municipal Bldg.
401 Main St., Mantua