The Division of Public Health will host its third event in its Community Naloxone Distribution Initiative from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 20 at Delaware Technical Community College, Terry Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Dover, in the Corporate Training Center, Rooms 408 and 412.
Each naloxone kit will contain two doses of naloxone, and community members who attend will receive one-on-one training on how to administer the overdose-reversing medication. The Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health also will have representatives present to answer questions about access to treatment for those struggling with substance use disorder.
Within three to five minutes after administration, naloxone can counteract the life-threatening respiratory depression of an opioid-related overdose and stabilize a person’s breathing, which buys time for emergency medical help to arrive. DPH recommends calling 911 immediately if someone is in a suspected overdose, starting rescue breathing and then administering naloxone. Naloxone is not a replacement for emergency medical care and seeking immediate help and follow-up care is vital.
Information on community training and pharmacy access to naloxone, along with resources regarding prevention, treatment and recovery are available at helpisherede.com.