Local hospital to offer Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

Created: 08/20/2014 8:58 PM WHEC.com

Heroin abuse, it’s been called an epidemic in our area and across New York State. Now, one local hospital is offering a program to combat the problem.

UR Medicine’s Strong Recovery announced on Wednesday that they are beginning a monthly Opioid Overdose Prevention Program that is open and free to the general public.

Representatives say participants will learn to recognize the symptoms of an opioid overdose and how to react. Those who complete the hour-long training will be equipped with an overdose reversal kit containing Naloxon, a prescription medicine used by first responders that can reverse an overdose. Naloxone temporarily restores normal breathing to someone who has used opiates, which can sedate and gradually slow the users breathing until the heart stops.

UR Medicine is already providing training to organizations throughout the region, but they have decided to expand the program to include family members and others who know someone using heroin or another opioid. The American Medical Association and others have endorsed community educational programs that distribute Naloxon, and these efforts have proven to be successful across the United States.

Strong Recovery will offer the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program on the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 30 people, and registration is required.

If you’re interested in the program, contact Michele Herrmann at (585)275-1829.

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