Narcan Training at St. Christopher’s Inn
In 2017 more than 72,000 people in the United States, nearly 200 a day, died of drug overdoses. This death toll is higher than the US military casualties in Vietnam and Iraq wars combined. One approach to helping prevent deaths from opioid overdose is the use of the opioid overdose antidote, Naloxone (brand name Narcan).
Each month, St. Christopher’s Inn provides free training to the local community on how to administer Narcan in the event of an opioid overdose. In addition, each person trained and certified at St. Christopher’s Inn will receive an emergency Narcan kit at no charge.
If you are a member of a local group, and you would like us to provide on-site training for your group as a whole, please contact Cynthia Gerber, Communications Coordinator to arrange a time that will work for a trainer to come to you. CGerber@AtonementFriars.org 845-424-2140.
Narcan, which is the brand name for the drug, Naloxone, blocks the opioid receptors in the brain, and can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It has been available for almost 50 years as an antidote but has taken on an increased role in saving lives as the opioid epidemic has continued to grow. The American Medical Association endorses the training of lay people in the use of Narcan to prevent overdoses. Every state has enacted laws to increase naloxone availability and partnered with various providers to make Narcan kits/training available to community members.