The Everett Community Health Partnership – Substance Abuse Coalition will host a community Narcan training on Monday, January 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Parlin Library Community Room, 410 Broadway. This training will be conducted by the Cambridge Needle Exchange and is co-sponsored by the City of Everett, Everett Overcoming Addiction, OPEN – Overdose Prevention and Education Network and the Cambridge Health Alliance. This training is free and open to all Everett residents.
Attendees will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of an overdose, what to do during an overdose and how to administer Narcan. Free Narcan kits will be available. Narcan is a life-saving drug that can reverse an overdose. Free and confidential screening and testing for HIV, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections will be available on-site.
“This training is designed for active substance users and those concerned about a friend or family member at risk of overdose,” said Jaime Lederer, Coordinator of the Everett Community Health Partnership – Substance Abuse Coalition. “We are working to provide the necessary tools and resources needed so that residents feel empowered to help a loved one at risk of overdosing.” Narcan provides an opening and buys time so that someone can get medical intervention and treatment. Additional resources about prevention, treatment and recovery support will be on hand.
The Everett Community Health Partnership–Substance Abuse Coalition (ECHP-SAC), an initiative of Cambridge Health Alliance’s Department of Community Health Improvement, is a community based multi-sector prevention coalition. Since 2003, the coalition has been committed to bringing together and mobilizing the diverse community of Everett to address issues associated with substance abuse while promoting positive health and well-being, especially among our youth. Through a range of prevention efforts, the coalition uses multiple strategies in multiple settings to change the social norms on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.