Thursday, August 19, 2021 - The Sallisaw NOW Coalition has scheduled two free Narcan training sessions next week in Gore and Sallisaw.
In Gore, residents can go to the Police Department, 1201 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, where they will receive free Narcan (Naloxone) training. They will also be able to drop off any unused or expired medication to dispose of it safely and anonymously.
Sallisaw residents will have their turn Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the parking lot north of the Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Wheeler Ave. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Those in attendance at either event will receive information on substances in our community, how to identify opioid overdoses, how to use Narcan and how to initiate emergency care to an overdose victim.
According to state records, 34 Oklahomans die every month from prescription opioid overdoses. Narcan is an opioid overdose reversal medication that can save lives. Individuals at both events will receive, free of charge, medication lockboxes and Narcan.
Sequoyah County has the 16th-highest opioid overdose rate in the state, records show.
The training events are sponsored by Sallisaw NOW, the Community Action Network and Sequoyah County Prevention, Training and Recovery.
The Sallisaw NOW Coalition is a local substance abuse prevention coalition serving Sequoyah County. It is funded by various federal grants, with the City of Sallisaw as its fiscal agent. The coalition's mission is “to equip all members of the community as a first responder in the use of Narcan in the event of an opioid overdose.”
For more information on both events, contact Micki Kimble or Summer McGarrah at (918) 208-0733.
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