Local community leaders train to become Narcan trainers

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – In April, the U.S. Surgeon General called for the expansion of access to Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug. Since then, Greater Falls Connections has taken a number of steps to respond to opioid addiction in the community. Greater Falls Connections heeded the Surgeon General’s advisory by holding a Narcan training in June at the Rockingham Health Center, where over 20 people got trained and each received a dose of Narcan to take with them.

The organization went even further and brought in Chris Bell, director of the Vermont Public Health Preparedness office, to facilitate a trainer of trainers for Narcan. The training allows providers to train others on Narcan use and allows the providers to distribute Narcan. The training took place Nov. 29, 2018 at Parks Place Community Resource Center in Bellows Falls. Approximately 15 participants received the training from Sara Chard and Chris Bell. Chard is a recovery coach for Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield, based in Bellows Falls at Parks Place.

Most of the participants in the training are members of other social service organizations, and they are now certified to train others throughout the local area on how to administer Narcan. Many of these providers work directly with families in our community who are affected by the opioid epidemic. Family members can now get trained and have access to lifesaving Narcan in their homes.

Anyone interested in learning more is invited to contact Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield or Greater Falls Connections. Learn more about the prevention work happening in the community by going to www.facebook.com/greaterfallsconnections.

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