The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod will be hosting a free Narcan Training and Overdose Prevention Education Hour on Thursday, June 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the clubhouse, 31 Frank E. Hicks Drive in Mashpee. The training session will be put on by the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
No preregistration is required to take part in the program.
Attendees will learn about risks for overdose; how to recognize an overdose; how to respond to an overdose situation; and how to administer Narcan.
Narcan can reverse a potentially fatal overdose until help arrives; however, one must be certified to administer it before it can be kept in a home or business. This training provides that training and certification, as well as a free Narcan kit from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health upon completion of the training.
Each person who receives training in Narcan’s use will receive a code number that indicates that they have been trained and are certified to keep and administer Narcan.
Opioid overdose is one of the leading causes of death in Massachusetts; overdose deaths from opiate drugs in Massachusetts now exceed deaths from car accidents, and the victims are getting younger.
To save lives, the DPH has established a statewide pilot program to provide overdose education and naloxone (Narcan) distribution. Narcan is used to reverse an opioid overdose. It blocks the opioid’s effects and restores normal breathing when sprayed into the nose of someone who has overdosed. It is safe, easy to administer, and has no potential for abuse.
The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod provides positive alternatives to unsupervised out-of-school time and education programs for children and teens about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, as well as age-appropriate research-based drug and alcohol prevention programs. The club also provides a safe place for teenagers to spend time and participate in positive activities, and one where there is no tolerance for drugs and alcohol.