As we prepare for the holidays, the Health Department wants everyone to be prepared on how to appropriately respond to an opioid overdose. Unfortunately, in years past Marshall County, as well as most other counties around the country, experienced higher than the usual number of overdoses around the holidays. Anyone has the capability to be prepared to save a life by carrying the life-saving opioid reversal medication, Narcan.
Narcan is a nasal spray that counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Since most accidental overdoses occur in a home setting, it was developed for first responders, as well as family, friends, and caregivers with no medical training required. The Marshall County Health Department has held numerous trainings in the past and encourage all interested in having this life-saving medication to attend a training. Narcan is completely safe and has no side-effects or risk of misuse or abuse, which is why we encourage anyone and everyone to carry it.
In preparation for the holidays, the Health Department will be hosting several 30-60 minute Narcan trainings throughout the county. On Monday, November 25th at 6 p.m. in the Community Resource Center at 510 West Adams Street in Plymouth; Tuesday, November 26th at noon at the Community Resource Center. Tuesday, November 26th at 6 p.m. in the Bremen Public Library at 304 North Jackson Street in Bremen and Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 in the Culver Public Library at 107 North Main Street in Culver.
If you or someone you may know is interested in Narcan but cannot attend a training, call 574-935-8601 for more information.