Free Narcan training offered in Gibson Co.

Free Narcan training offered in Gibson Co.
Published: May. 18, 2023 at 7:03 PM CDT
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OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (WFIE) - The Gibson County Health Department is looking to help people be prepared for the event of using Narcan.

The health department held Narcan training at the Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library on Thursday evening.

During the training, people learned the signs of an opioid overdose as well as how to administer Narcan, the life-saving reversal drug often used in fentanyl overdoses.

The first 20 attendees also received a free Narcan kit.

Administrator Juli Shade says teaching opioid overdose prevention is the key to protecting the community.

“We all struggle with things and drug addiction is one of those,” Shade said. “We just want to be there and get that awareness out there to save a life. I feel like if we can save a life, then they can be an advocate for someone else who’s struggling with the same thing and they can help other people too.”

This is the first time the health department has held Narcan training.

Officials say they plan to hold more training seminars in the future.