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More Than Two Dozen Receive Overdose Training

April 20, 2018

Earlier this month, more than two dozen members of the Tompkins Cortland Community College community were trained in the use of Narcan/Naloxone to treat an opiate overdose. Training sessions have been offered on campus each semester since 2014 through a joint effort with the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County (ADC).

Jeff Dunlap, the Education/Prevention Coordinator for ADC, led the April 17 training, which included a brief overview of symptoms of opiate overdose followed by a demonstration of the use of Narcan/Naloxone. Twenty-seven members of the College community participated in the training, including faculty, staff, and students, including those in the Chemical Dependency Counseling and Nursing programs. Each attendee was trained on the newest form of Narcan/Naloxone, which is easier to use than previous forms. Offered in a small, easily administered nasal spray, Narcan/Naloxone blocks opiate receptors, allowing a window of time to treat an overdosed person who otherwise may have died.

These training events are offered through the College Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Prevention Program, and are open to the community. For more information on this and future events, contact Sara Watrous, College AOD Prevention Coordinator, at SEW017@TompkinsCortland.edu or Matt Kiechle, Assistant Director for Health Education, at KiechlM@TompkinsCortland.edu.