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Learn to save someone from an opioid overdose

 

Snohomish County Department of Human Services is offering another training session on how to save people from an opioid overdose.

The training session takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 9, at Arlington's City Hall located at 238 North Olympic Ave.

The 90-minute session will educate folks on the opioid problem in Snohomish County and train people on how to administer Narcan, which is a nasal spray that can block the effects of an opioid overdose.

The training session is open to anyone with an interested in learning about the opioid problem in Snohomish County, which could include anyone who has a family or friend struggling with an addiction to opioids.

"It's very dangerous and it's important for people to know that anybody can overdose," said Amy Austin, opioid outreach specialist for the Snohomish County Department of Human Services.

The county started training officers on how to use Narcan in April 2015. Since then, officers have been able to prevent 160 opioid overdoses because they are often the first people on the scene when responding to a call.

During a seven-day period in July 2017, Snohomish County documented 37 overdoses, with 10 of them occurring in one day. Of those overdoses, 70 percent of the people received Narcan either from law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, friend, family member or bystander according to information provided by Snohomishoverdoseprevention.com. Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is an overdose reversal drug that is not addictive and will not harm a person if used improperly. It is available at most pharmacies.

Austin said she conducts four Narcan training sessions throughout the year in Snohomish County.

The July training session has space for about 50 people. To register, visit eventbrite.com and search the keyword Narcan.

For more information, go to snohomishcountywa.gov/3657/Opioid-Overdose-Help

 

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