Local Health Clinic Hosting Narcan Event

Oneida, TN (2018-04-12) Mountain Peoples Health Councils, Inc. is hosting a free Naloxone training program on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  The drug, which is administered to immediately reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, will also be given out to the first 45 attendees.

Family members, close friends, and individuals who know someone who struggles with drug addiction and the general public are invited to attend a free event at Mountain Peoples Health Councils Inc.’s Oneida clinic to learn more about the lifesaving benefits of Naloxone.  Often referred to as Narcan, the drug is designed to immediately reverse an opioid overdose.  The effect of the drug lasts between 30 and 90 minutes, and typically provides enough time for the victim to get medical attention.

During the free event, participants will learn how to recognize an overdose, what to do during an overdose, how to provide rescue breathing during an overdose and how to administer Naloxone.  Upon completion of the training, participants will be certified to administer Naloxone and the first 45 will receive a free Naloxone rescue kit.  Narcan is limited to one per household and recipient must be 18 years of age to receive the kit.

The free training session is part of Mountain Peoples’ efforts to help those struggling with opioid and heroin addiction.  You are not required to be a patient, nor become a patient of Mountain Peoples to attend.

If you’re concerned that a loved one is at risk of overdosing on heroin or a prescription pain medication, this training is for you!  Knowing how to use Narcan in an emergency could save the life of a family member, friend or a complete stranger.

The event will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the organization’s Oneida Clinic, which is located at 460 Industrial Lane.

For more information about the free training, contact Behavioral Health Case Managers Brooke Claborn at (423) 569-4606 or Jamie Tedder at (423) 627-2782.