Wellness Center offering free overdose training

The Sallisaw Health and Wellness Center is providing “Overdose Rescue and NaloxoneTraining” for the community on Feb. 21.

This training is offered free of charge and will be held at the Indian Capital Technology Center (ICTC) multi-purpose building from noon to 1 pm. Lunch will be provided for those in attendance.

This program will focus on: Prevention and recognition of overdose, overdose rescue and naloxone use. Every participant will receive a free naloxone kit.

Anyone planning to attend must RSVP by Feb. 15 to mbaker@thwcinc.com.

This training, which is being offered to the community for the first time by the Sallisaw Health and Wellness Center, is one of the several components of a three-year grant awarded to Health and Wellness Center through the Rural Health Opioid Program, Megan Baker, outreach and enrollment specialist, said.

The purpose of this program is to promote rural health care services outreach by expanding the delivery of opioid-related health care services to rural communities with the goal of reducing rates of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities, according to Baker.

“The Health and Wellness Center is a community health center so our goal is to provide quality services to our communities,” Baker explained. “That includes educating our community about important and relevant issues such as this one. We want to properly train and equip law enforcement, first responders, school officials, home health workers, family members, business owners and anyone else in the community with the ability to potentially save a life.”

“I am very excited about this training because it allows family, friends, coworkers and community members to help save lives. Using Narcan should be as instinctual as giving CPR or performing the Heimlich maneuver,” Sarah Byrum, pharmacist at the Health and Wellness Center, said.

“When people think about opioid overdose, there is a certain mental image. However, overdose can happen to anyone,” Byrum said. “For example, kids may climb into the home medicine cabinet or find medicine in Mom’s purse; older adults may forget they have already taken their medicine for the day and double dose; even frazzled parents may lose track of time and accidentally double dose. We need to get rid of the stigma that Narcan is just for people using opioids illegally and accept that overdose can occur even during proper use.”

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