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Posted on: October 2, 2017

Recognizing and Responding to an Opiate/Heroin Overdose: Training offered to the community

Chief Robert MacKenzie

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.

Register now
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