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Hawkins Health Dept. offers free training and Naloxone kit for opioid overdose

STAFF REPORT • Mar 8, 2019 at 9:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Free Naloxone training for the community will be provided on Monday, March 18 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Hawkins County Health Department in Rogersville.

The training is limited to the first 25 that register, and anyone interested should call the agency at (423) 272-7641.

Kits containing Naloxone nasal spray will be given to those who attend the training at no cost. Only one kit per household will be issued. The Naloxone kits are provided by the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition.

Naloxone, also called Narcan, is a medication used to block or reverse the effects of opioids during an overdose.

The effects of Naloxone typically last 30 minutes to an hour. When Naloxone is provided during an opioid emergency, Emergency Medical Services still need to be contacted immediately, as symptoms of an overdose may return.

Examples of opioids include OxyContin, Morphine, Demerol, Percocet, Vicodin and Dilaudid. These medications are commonly prescribed for pain relief. An illegal form of an opioid is heroin.

Symptoms of an overdose can include slowed or irregular breathing, confusion, delirium, vomiting, extreme sleepiness or inability to wake up, loss of consciousness, respiratory arrest and cold, clammy skin.

Training will be provided by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition. The session at the health department will teach individuals how to effectively use the Naloxone nasal spray when a suspected opioid overdose has taken place.

The Hawkins County Health Department in Rogersville is located at 201 Park Blvd.

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