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Narcan Training Event Preview

By Travis Fortounas

Staff Writer

There will be a Narcan training event on campus on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Pell Hall room 139 during common hour. The training is open for students, staff and faculty members interested in education on preventing an opioid overdose by way of Narcan.

Narcan is a nasal spray used to immediately reverse an emergency opioid overdose. It can be used in crucial situations by blocking the brain’s opioid receptors. The spray can stabilize a person going through an overdose.

This presentation will focus on life saving practices and harm reduction.

Linda Gomez is a certified Narcan trainer, family addiction coach and peer advocate working with families impacted by the epidemic raging in our country.

Gomez made this her “ascending passion” in 2012 after she lost someone very close to her. Since then, she focused on being an advocate to shatter the stigma that comes with addiction.

More than 700 people lost their lives in 2017 to an overdose in Suffolk County, one out of three families are impacted today by opioid overdose.

The heroin epidemic is a growing issue within the Suffolk County area and combating addiction is a main focus on Long Island. Recovery programs such as “out patient” assist those suffering from addiction by integrating them into a new lifestyle.

Those interested in the event can email to RSVP. Free kits are available to those who pre-register. Supplies are limited.

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