Houghton University to host free Naloxone drug overdose reversal training

Required registration is underway for a free public naloxone training next month at Houghton which will include a Narcan kit to reverse drug overdoses involving opioids.

Houghton University will host the 2PM to 4PM Wednesday, April 24, event at its Nielsen Physical Education Center on Campground Road, sponsored by the state Office of Addiction Services and Supports.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says the medicine, able to be applied through a nasal spray, rapidly reverses an opioid overdose by quickly restoring normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped. It has no effect on someone who does not have opioids, such as heroin, fentantyl, oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine, in their system.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that naloxone “can be given safely to people of all ages, from infants to older adults.”

Some parents have naloxone on hand in event a child or youth unintentionally ingests an opioid which has been prescribed for a household member.

Anyone can administer the medicine but should be aware of sound procedures for doing so, which will be explained at the training.

With the major increase in drug overdose deaths nationwide, the State Health Department has issued a standing order which enables pharmacies to provide the medicine without an individual prescription.

Free naloxone is being made available as a result of opioid settlement funds obtained as a result of major lawsuits against drug companies, with further information about the medicine and its availability at https://tinyurl.com/NYSDOH-Naloxone. The medicine also can be administered by injections, which may be used by professionals.

Many areas, including Steuben County, have created opioid and drug prevention committees which are installing wall boxes in public spaces, which contain Narcan, one brand of naloxone medicine.

Mandatory registration for the free Houghton training is available at https://tinyurl.com/Houghton-Naloxone-Training.