Learn to Recognize and Respond to an Opioid Overdose

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Media Release: Learn to Recognize and Respond to an Opioid Overdose – Naloxone Training. Category: Drug Poisoning Prevention 3/16/16 (PDF)

Learn to Recognize and Respond to an Opioid Overdose Free Training Offered March 16, 2016 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison

Madison, Wisconsin – A class will be held Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm at Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, for those interested in learning how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. Local organizations are offering this class, which is free and open to the public, in response to the drug overdose epidemic in Dane County. It is sponsored by AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and cosponsored by the Parent Addiction Network/Safe Communities Madison-Dane County, WIRCO (Wisconsin Recovery Community Organization) and Live Free, a UW-Madison Student Recovery Community.

Deaths caused by misuse and abuse of prescription opioids almost tripled from 2000-2010, and poisoning is now the top cause of injury death in Dane County, exceeding motor vehicle crashes. Drug poisoning is the specific cause of injury death in 85 percent of those cases. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is the only antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

“Every life saved by naloxone offers a chance at recovery and hope for those struggling with addiction. I am so pleased to see that organizations in Dane County continue to recognize this, as evidenced by the many people registered for the naloxone training tonight,” said Skye Tikkanen, Drug Poisoning Prevention Program Manager with Safe Communities.

The Parent Addiction Network is a free online resource website for parents, families, and friends who have a loved one affected by drug addiction, and features information to help navigate the issues and systems associated with drug use disorders, and reduce stigma with addiction. Monthly group meetings also occur to network and work for change. For more information, visit www.parentaddictionnetwork.org. Visit the Safe Communities website for details about drug poisoning prevention at https://safercommunity.net/drug_poisoning.php

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