KENNETT SQUARE, PA — State Rep. Christina Sappey is reminding constituents that she will be hosting a free Community Naloxone Training from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 26 at the Kennett Borough Hall, 600 S. Broad St., Kennett Square, PA (new address).
This training will be for individuals, businesses, community organizations, restaurant and hospitality employees and anyone interested in learning how to properly administer life-saving naloxone to those experiencing a drug overdose.
This event is being supported by the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, The PA Restaurant & Lodging Association, Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute and LCH Health and Community Services (formerly known as La Comunidad Hispana). Spanish translation services will be provided at the event by LCH Health and Community Services.
“Sadly, every day at least 10 people in Pennsylvania will die from a drug overdose,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Trainings are one way we can help prevent these tragedies. By learning how to administer naloxone, you could help save a life.”
Registration for the free training event is required and interested individuals can sign up here or by calling Sappey’s office at (484) 200-8264.
Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication that can rapidly reverse an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids. It can restore breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by medical professionals for more than 40 years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in nearly 40% of overdose deaths, at least one bystander was present. Having naloxone available and knowing how to use it can stop a fatal overdose. Bystanders should also dial 911 immediately. Through the Good Samaritan Law, those who respond to an overdose by administering naloxone and/or calling 911 are protected from prosecution.
Pennsylvania recently expanded the naloxone standing order, which allows anyone to obtain the medication from a pharmacy. Naloxone is also available free for personal use through a statewide mail-based program. For more information on how to obtain naloxone, visit the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s website.
For those struggling with an opioid use disorder, the Chester County Drug and Alcohol Services offers a confidential referral hotline at 1-866-286-3767.