Councilmembers Tom Owen (D8) and Bill Hollander (D9) have partnered with the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition to host a free training session on how to administer Naloxone (also referred to by its brand name as Narcan®) to reverse the effects of overdose from heroin and other opioid drugs and prevent death.
The free training is open to the general public including first responders and to the families and friends of those who use heroin or other opioid drugs. Free Naloxone kits will be available for the attendees at the training.
Councilman Hollander noted that overdoses have dramatically increased in Louisville and one way to prevent deaths is for more Naloxone availability and training. “This is a smart way to address the heroin epidemic and we are happy to be a partner in bringing the program to our neighborhoods.”
“We’re determined to do whatever it takes to save lives,” says Owen.
The training will be held on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Barret Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive, in District 9.
Naloxone is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose. It is used in heroin and other opioid drug overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally.