Would you know what to do if someone overdosed in church, in the park, or even in your home? New Mexico (and the nation as a whole) is in the midst of an opioid public health crisis. Our community has experienced opioid overdose death across all ages and backgrounds. The long-term answers to this public health crisis include prevention efforts and the availability of effective treatment.
The short-term answers include keeping people alive when they experience an overdose - treatment only works if the person needing it is alive to receive it. Part of this short-term response is training as many people as possible to recognize and respond to overdoses in a variety of settings, including churches and other community gathering spots.
Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in opioid overdose, and can literally save a life. It is the equivalent of a fire extinguisher that trained lay people can carry with them.
The Bernalillo County Health Council is offering training and naloxone kits delivered through a nasal spray at no cost to participants. RSVP for the COGS event is required by emailing Becky Leppala at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 28, 2018.