Free Narcan Training Sessions Available Virtually

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force, in partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services will host Naloxone training sessions held virtually via Webex on the last Tuesday of each month. The next session will take place on Tuesday, July 28, from 12:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. said in a press release from the county that the current pandemic has made the challenges of addiction even more difficult.

“Our nation has long been combatting an overdose epidemic, but the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the challenges we face in keeping people safe and has made delivering critical resources that much harder and that much more important,” Cappelli said. “The Overdose Prevention Act eliminates civil and criminal liability for anyone who is in a position to help someone and administers Naloxone. If you believe that someone you know is at risk of an overdose, this training could be what arms you with the tools to save their life.”

Participants will learn how to administer naloxone to reverse a heroin or opioid overdose and will receive a free Naloxone kit shipped directly to their residence upon completing the training successfully. The training also includes:

Addiction education and treatment options;

Overdose prevention technique;

Signs and symptoms of overdose;

Steps to take when an overdose occurs;

Rescue breathing; and,

How to administer naloxone, self-help, family support, and other important resource information.

Registration is required to participate. To register, participants should call (856) 374-6137 or send an email to patty.direnzo@camdencounty.com. Registration is also available online at www.addictions.camdencounty.com/workshop.