West Long Branch — The Family Addiction Network will be hosting their monthly meeting at the West Long Branch Community Center on January 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. where families and friends can seek support in dealing with addiction in a non-judgmental, compassionate and receptive environment free of charge.
The meeting this month will feature a presentation on “Narcan Training and Kit Distribution” from JSAS Healthcare.
The free training and education session by JSAS Healthcare will explain how to administer Narcan (naloxone) to reverse a heroin/opioid overdose.
All eligible participants will receive a free Narcan kit and a treatment voucher for 30 days of free substance abuse treatment to use or distribute to any person that needs medication-assisted treatment.
In addition, education will be provided on how to administer Narcan (naloxone) to reverse a heroin/opioid overdose.
This training will be limited to 25 participants on a “first-come, first-served” basis and will be approximately 40 minutes beginning promptly at 7:00pm.
The evening will also include:
• Addiction education and treatment options
• Overdose prevention techniques
• Signs and symptoms of overdose
• Steps to take when an overdose occurs
• Rescue breathing
• How to administer naloxone
• Self-help, family support and other important resource information
The Overdose Prevention Act now allows doctors the ability to prescribe the opiate antidote Narcan to those in a position to help someone else during an overdose of heroin or other opioids. The law also eliminates civil and criminal liability to anyone who administers naloxone.
The Opioid Overdose Prevention Project is made possible by funding received from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and JSAS HealthCare, Inc. in collaboration with Barnabas Health, Institute for Prevention.
For more overdose prevention trainings and resources you can also visit the Division of Mental Health and Addiction at www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmhas/initiatives/naloxone.html or www.overdosepreventionagency.org.
For more information regarding The Family Addiction Network or future meetings, please visit familyaddictionnetwork.org or visit the Facebook page Family Addiction Network.