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In partnership with the City of Portland Public Health Division’s Overdose Prevention Project, we are pleased to announce two opportunities for training Recognizing and Responding to an Opiate/Heroin Overdose.
These trainings are in response to the opiate epidemic sweeping across our country, where Maine and our communities are not immune. Maine saw 376 drug-induced deaths statewide in 2016, 317 of which were opioid related.
Our communities must work together to make a difference and help fight this epidemic. We can all potentially save a life and give hope to recovery. Participants will be trained in how to recognize the signs of an overdose, how to perform first-aid, to include chest compression only CPR, as well as how to administer naloxone (the drug which reverses the effects of opioids). The goal of this training is not only for life-saving purposes, it will hopefully help reduce the stigma attached to those with substance use disorder.
This class is limited to 60 participants; registration is open now.
Anyone with questions or requests for additional information is urged to contact Chief Bob MacKenzie at the Kennebunk Police Department, (207) 985-2102 ext. 1339.