Fire departments, emergency workers and police officers are being trained to recognize the signs of an overdose and give a patient the life-saving drug. According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, opioid overdose is a leading cause of accidental deaths in the country.
The Indiana Recovery Alliance conducts training sessions across the state as part of its mission to promote harm reduction. In addition, the group is holding a Holiday Naloxone Kit Assembly and Distribution event on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monroe County (Indiana) Public Library.
On that same day, between 2 and 4 p.m., IRA will hold a training for advocates to become certified IRA opiate overdose reversal trainers. For information and other ways you can help, see IRA’s Facebook page.