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Get Trained for Overdose Emergencies

Goldstein and McGlotten show how to administer naloxone
Cmdr. Daniel Goldstein and Lt. Cmdr. Raven McGlotten lead a hands-on training session

Photo:  Peter Kilmarx

In response to the Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose—knowing how to use naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life—NIH Public Health Service officers have been trained as trainers under the auspices of the Maryland department of health. Individuals are invited to attend Opioid Overdose Response Training. Sessions are scheduled weekly now through Monday, Dec. 23 at the FAES Terrace classrooms, Bldg. 10. The training is conducted by PHS officers and is under 90 minutes, including hands-on experience with naloxone devices.

Over the past 15 years, communities across the nation have been tragically affected by the opioid epidemic, with the number of overdose deaths from prescription and illicit opioids doubling from 21,089 in 2010 to 47,600 in 2017. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Expanding awareness and availability of this medication is a key part of the public health response to the opioid epidemic. Naloxone is a safe antidote to a suspected overdose and, when given in time, can save a life. 

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Questions? Contact Cdr. Leo Angelo Gumapas of the Office Research Facilities,, (301) 832-4320.

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