Walworth County Drug and Alcohol Coalition hosting free Narcan training

The Walworth County Drug and Alcohol Coalition (DAC) announces an important upcoming event vital in the fight against the opioid epidemic which is destroying our communities.

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, in a partnership with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, DAC will be hosting a FREE Narcan (Naloxone) Training in the Community Room at the Matheson Memorial Public Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St. Elkhorn, WI.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. First responders in our communities are more frequently equipped with naloxone, and this life saving drug is making a difference across the country. It is imperative those affected by opioid addiction be knowledgeable concerning naloxone, because family and friends are often the true first responders.

The naloxone program will focus on training attendees on its use and will also include distribution of naloxone kits for those in need. Preceding the naloxone program will be a brief presentation on narcotics use, the signs of overdose, and current drug trends. Light refreshments will also be available.

The Walworth County Drug and Alcohol Coalition was formed in the summer of 2017 with a goal of bringing about transparency of the drug and alcohol problems in our communities. The mission of DAC is to provide prevention, education, and community awareness to adults and youth about drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse using the voice of concerned citizens, law enforcement, treatment professionals, school personnel, and the testimonials of those in recovery.

This event will be presented after the Walworth County DAC monthly meeting which begins at 4:30 pm and is open to the public.

For additional information, DAC can be found on Facebook under “Walworth County Drug and Alcohol Coalition.”

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