TRC to host overdose response training May 24

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The Resource Center will host an opioid overdose response training at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in its facility at 186 Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk.

The free training is open to the public and is available to people who want to become trained to respond to an opioid overdose by administering naloxone, also known as Narcan. Narcan is an opioid antagonist that reverses opiate effects of sedation and respiratory depression during an opioid overdose. Narcan can be administered by first responders, as well as by friends and family members of someone who is experiencing an opiate overdose.

The training will be conducted by Alison Espin from the Chautauqua County Department of Health. The goal of the training is to prevent death and other negative consequences of opioid overdose by teaching non-medical responders to recognize a suspected opioid overdose and to take appropriate action. The learning objectives include knowing the risk factors for overdose, recognizing the signs of an overdose, performing techniques to stimulate someone who appears to have overdosed, correctly performing rescue breathing, and correctly administering naloxone.

The training is sponsored by The Resource Center’s Gateways PROS (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services) program.  PROS is a comprehensive, recovery-oriented model of care for people with severe and persistent mental health conditions and/or substance abuse issues. This evidence-based approach allows treatment, rehabilitation and support services to be fully integrated. PROS provides support to prevent relapse by addressing each person’s emotional wellness and by offering substance abuse rehabilitation, which includes medication assisted treatment of opiates and other substances.

The PROS program is part of TRC’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services, which provide outpatient counseling for people experiencing depression, anxiety, family/relationship difficulties, the effects of trauma, and other behavioral health struggles. Psychiatric evaluation and medication management services, including medication assisted treatment of opioid and other substance addiction, are available in conjunction with counseling. Medication assisted treatment is offered only in conjunction with individual and group counseling, to provide a comprehensive approach to recovery. Services are available during the day and some evening hours.

In addition to the Dunkirk location, The Resource Center’s counseling services are offered at 880 East Second Street in Jamestown.

For more information or to reserve a spot at the Narcan training session, phone 366-7660.

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