Opioid Overdose Training Offered on June 15

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Office for the Aging will host a free training session June 15 for those interested in learning how to respond to opioid overdoses.

The training will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Oswego County Health Department Training Room on the first floor of the Nick Sterio Public Health Center, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

The Office for the Aging is partnering with the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to bring the “Responding to Opioid Overdose” training program to seniors, family members, and senior support organizations.

“As we all know, there is an opioid crisis across the country, and seniors are just as susceptible to the addiction as younger people,” said Sara Sunday, director of the Oswego County Office for the Aging. “This training teaches likely opioid overdose witnesses and community members to understand, recognize, respond to and reverse opioid overdoses using a naloxone rescue kit. Participants will receive a free naloxone rescue kit after completing the training.”

Sunday said the training session was previously offered in March and was very well attended.

The program is based on the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) opium overdose prevention program.

Participants will learn about fatal opioid overdoses, including their risk factors and the impact they have on the community.

They will also learn the “Five Essential Steps” in SAMHSA’s toolkit, such as how to identify an overdose and properly administer naloxone which is fundamental in decreasing overdose fatalities.

To register for this free training, contact Sunday at the Oswego County Office for the Aging at 315-349-3484 or [email protected]

For more information about the program or to schedule training, e-mail NYS’s OASAS at [email protected]