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Free NARCAN training session scheduled for Jan. 10

Free NARCAN training session scheduled for Jan. 10 

(Glassboro, NJ) The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Gloucester County Addictions Task Force remind residents that on Thursday Jan. 10, a free NARCAN training session will be held at the Glassboro Public Library located at 2 Center Street, Glassboro, NJ 08028.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "Gloucester County will continue the fight against the opioid epidemic in 2019. These sessions have been successful in the past and give residents the chance to become part of the chance to save lives while fighting this devastating addiction."

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, encouraging civilians to get the training they need to step in and potentially save a life.

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, said, “The goal of each session is to teach attendees what they need to know about NARCAN and how to use it. These trained members of the community will become a sort of first line of defense against an overdose when emergency services may not be immediately available.”

The 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.

The next available sessions will take place on Thursday, Feb. 14 at Rowan College at Gloucester County Room IC-405, 1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ 08082 and Wednesday March 13 at the Greenwich Library, 411 Swedesboro Road, Gibbstown, NJ 08027 and have plenty of open spaces.

To register call 856-384-6929 or email rbamford@co.gloucester.nj.us

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