Church of the Good Shepherd to host Naloxone Training

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 by January 28, 2018.