Suffern High School holds training session on administering lifesaving Narcan

Suffern High School invited the state Office of Addiction Services to hold a training session for students and provided free overdose reversal kits.

News 12 Staff

Mar 30, 2023, 11:02 PM

Updated 378 days ago

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Suffern High School held a training session Thursday on how to administer Narcan, the drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.
The Food and Drug Administration approved it to be available without a prescription to reduce opioid overdose deaths.
Suffern High School invited the state Office of Addiction Services to hold a training session for students and provided free overdose reversal kits.
Identifying an overdose is one step. The next is immediately discharging the spray into the nose at least once and perhaps even a second time.
The students said they want to be ready in case a friend overdoses. They are concerned someone might take something they think is something other than opioids only to find out that it is laced with fentanyl, one of the most potent opioids there are.
"I feel like there should be education on all of this. Everybody should know that this is something that exists. Everybody should be trained on it, because I have a feeling, we're all going to need that training very soon," said senior Lucia Del Duca.
Supervising pharmacist Vignya Patel at Akins Drug Store in Warwick said the improved access to the Narcan along with ​education is going to save lives.
Anytime someone comes to get an opioid prescription filled at Akins Pharmacy, Patel recommends getting a naloxone nasal spray kit. Narcan is the brand name by which it is widely known.
"A lot of people I talk to around here still don't know what Narcan is," Patel said.
Patel said more access is good, but the next step is to educate people how and when to use it.
"It may not be saving their own life, but it could save somebody else's life just by having that information," Patel added.
Narcan is expected to be on shelves at places other than pharmacies, like convenience stores and supermarkets this summer.


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