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NARCAN nasal spray boxes

 Free Narcan training is available thanks to the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC), based in Oakland County.

 The organization offers free classes to train community members on the proper administration of nasal Naloxone, with the trade name of Narcan, to prevent respiratory failure during an overdose situation and get the individual to medical care quickly to save a life, said Julie Brenner, CEO of ACHC.

 “With the stresses of COVID, we are seeing an uptick in overdose death rates and we are striving to increase support to

prevent that from happening,” she said. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), more than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality. Drug overdoses have spiked approximately 18 percent, according to reports collected by the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program. 

Narcan can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It’s delivered via vapor in the nostrils.

 These classes, presented by certified Narcan and CPR trainers, take place every Tuesday evening from 7-8 p.m. and Thursday afternoon from 12 to 1 p.m. 

 Visit achcmi.org to register for these classes, which are free. They are funded by the Oakland Community Health Network through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

 Training includes information on signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, quick actions anyone can take to help save someone who is overdosing, and how to easily and properly use Narcan nasal spray, according to the ACHC. It will also cover available community resources and how to obtain a refill for Narcan. 

 Upon completion of the class, the organization will mail participants the Narcan Save a Life kit. 

Information on

three upcoming trainings:

Sept. 9 — 8-9:30 a.m.  

Sept. 15 — 7-8 p.m.

Sept. 22 — 7-8 p.m.  

 “Virtual Free Naloxone Training — Join the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition, the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, and the West Bloomfield Fire Department for a virtual free Naloxone training.  Everyone over the age of 14 will receive a Save A Life kit which includes two doses of 4 mg Nasal Narcan. Pre-registration is required and a survey must be completed at the end of the training in order to receive your Save A Life kit,” according to the press release.

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