“Hundreds” of Narcan Kits to Be Given Away

“Hundreds” of Naloxone, or Narcan, kits are expected to be handed out for free Wednesday.

New Haven Health Department staff is holding Narcan training and giveaway at Ives Library from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in downtown New Haven.

New Haven Health Department HIV Counselor George Bucheli says the city will train anyone who wants to learn how to administer Narcan, the lifesaving drug which can reverse the effects of overdoses. Bucheli says they have “hundreds” of Narcan doses and will give them away to anyone who needs them.

Earlier this month, Connecticut officials said they saved their 100th overdose victim with Narcan. State Troopers have been carrying the nasal spray since October 2014, when a law went into effect, giving immunity to anyone that administers the life saving antidote. A growing number of local emergency responders have been carrying Narcan. ever since.

The free event is part of National Overdose Awareness Day, an initiative started by the Penington Institute, an Australian based substance abuse research nonprofit. is holding events all over the world. This is the second year that events have been held.

 

Other “International Overdose Day” events include:

  • A candlelight vigil on the New Milford Green between 4:00 – 8:00p.m.
  • A “Roadway to Hope” walk/rally starting in Meriden’s Hubbard park at 12:00p.m.
  • “Fed Up! Rally at 586 Main Street in Manchester between 4:00 – 7:00p.m.

 

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