Free Overdose Prevention Training to be offered in Carteret County

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This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Carteret County health officials and a nonprofit group that helps local families will host a public Overdose Prevention Training event in late May in Harkers Island.

The Overdose Prevention Training will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at The Bridge Downeast, located at 1344 Island Road in Harkers Island.

Health and drug overdose experts from the Carteret County Health Department, Carteret County Emergency Services and The Bridge Downeast will discuss the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, where to access the lifesaving drug Naloxone, and how to properly administer Naloxone to someone who is exhibiting symptoms of an overdose.

A free Naloxone kit will be given to each household that attends the training, while supplies last.

According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, three people die from an opioid overdose every day in North Carolina. In 2017, there were over 250 drug abuse and dependence-related emergency department visits in Carteret County.

Executive Director of The Bridge Downeast, Susan McNamara, said, “We never know when we will be faced with a situation where someone is in trouble. With proper knowledge, we can not only recognize a dangerous situation but learn to take appropriate action as well. Having the right tools can help save a life.”

To register for the May 30th Opioid Prevention Training in Carteret County, CLICK HERE.

For more details on North Carolina’s opioid overdose epidemic, visit the More Powerful NC website.


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