Forest County Officials Host Narcan Training Session

Mar 6, 2018

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A coalition of groups are offering training in the life-saving drug Narcan in Forest county next week.

Narcan is an antidote given to people with heroin overdoses. It has been shown to be effective in bringing a person, in many cases, back to consciousness and in some cases, back to life.

Forest County UW-Extension Youth and Family Development Educator Michelle Gobert talks about the training...

"....the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will be here in Forest county to work with different organizations, specifically those in health care, social services, law enforcement and emergency responder field so they can learn to save a life...."

The trainbing includes information on local substance abuse resources, calling emergency responders, and hands-on experience administering NARCAN. Participants will receive a free NARCAN kit to be used when responding to an overdose. Gobert says the training is recommended for anyone in Forest county at risk of an opioid overdose, friends and family of someone at risk, along with health professionals. Concerned community members are also invited. The training is free.

Gobert says a grant made the training possible....

"....that it is provided with a grant fund from the Wisconsin Alliance For Youth and from the Community Coalition of Forest County that is providing the training. We are a coalition of community members working to provide a safe, happy, healthy, Forest county...."

The training is Tuesday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Forest County Board Room. More information on the training is available at the Forest County Health Department or Forest County UW-Extension.