The Worcester County Health Department is offering free Naloxone Training
WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. — This morning on the desk we had Travis Brown and Sara Howell, who are both from the Worcester Co. Health Department. Travis and Sarah we here at 47 ABC bright and early to talk about naloxone training.
If you didn’t know, naloxone or narcan belong to a class of pharmaceuticals known as opioid antagonists that block the effects of pain-relieving and highly addictive drugs such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. Opioids stimulate receptors in the brain that create euphoria and build tolerance with repeated use.
This is very important to know due to the opioid crisis going on right here on Delmarva. When administered quickly and properly, Narcan is used to counteract the effects of opioids taken in life-threatening quantities. Erica asked Travis, who is the public information officer for the health department, was it important to know how to administer narcan. Travis answered absolutely. He also says the Worcester Co. Health Dept. is offering narcan training the second and fourth Friday of every month.
Travis also tells us the trainings are free and worth it. He tells us how important it is to know how to administer narcan due to its -life-saving abilities. Travis says the main purpose was to bring awareness to opioid addictions in local communities.
Sara, who is the behavioral health case manager, joined in on the conversation to speak about the peer support program. She tells us, the peer support program is there for people who want to get into recovery. Sara also says the program is very personal, due to the staff needing two years or more of experience in recovery.
The goal is to make help and recovery accessible to those who may feel like they don’t have the resources to get help. For more information on how to sign up for naloxone training, you can visit www.decisionsmatter.org or you can call the Worcester Co. Health Dept. at 410- 632-1100.