Indiana Recovery Alliance to ‘train the trainers’ in overdose reversal

Indiana Recovery Alliance to ‘train the trainers’ in overdose reversal

Social worker and Indiana Recovery Alliance founder Chris Abert explains his organization at a opiate-overdose reversal training March 6 in Nashville, Indiana. (OH Photo/Linda B. Margison
Social worker and Indiana Recovery Alliance founder Chris Abert explains his organization at an overdose-reversal training March 5, 2016, in Nashville, Indiana. (OH Photo/Linda B. Margison)
Naloxone, generic for Narcan, can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose in injected in the person's muscle before breathing stops. (OH Photo/Linda B. Margison)
Naloxone, generic for Narcan, can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose in injected in the person’s muscle before breathing stops. (OH Photo/Linda B. Margison)

To maximize its ability to train citizens to administer naloxone, the opiate-overdose reversal drug, the Indiana Recovery Alliance is hosting an Opioid Overdose Educator Training session to “train the trainers” on Saturday, April 30.

The training — from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at 118 S. Rogers St., Suite 2, Bloomington, Indiana — will certify students as opioid overdose educators and allow them to legally distribute naloxone.

Naloxone is the generic name for Narcan, which reverses the effects of heroin and opioid drugs if an overdose is suspected. IRA also provides training on how to administer naloxone if a friend or family member overdoses.

Started by social worker Chris Abert in 2015 as Indiana’s heroin epidemic gained national attention, the Indiana Recovery Alliance focuses on harm reduction across Indiana, especially in Monroe and surrounding counties.

For more information on the training, visit IRA’s Facebook event page.

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