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  •  Rome Memorial Hospital’s Community Recovery Center offering free Narcan training at Community School Carnival

    Rome Memorial Hospital’s Community Recovery Center (CRC) will take part in the Community School Carnival, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Saturday, June 2, at Bellamy School, 7118 Brennon Ave., Rome.
    Ashlee Thompson, MSEd/CASAC, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services and Michelle Barrett, RN will offer free training and education on the administration of Naloxone, or Narcan, a medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose. The three training sessions will be held at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. Those who complete the training will receive a free Narcan kit.
    “Overdose fatalities can be prevented, especially if there is a witness that is trained and prepared to respond in a safe and effective manner,” said Thompson,. “Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin or other opioids in the brain for 30 to 90 minutes.”
    Since a life-saving law took effect on April 1, 2006, it is legal in New York for non-medical persons to administer Naloxone (Narcan) to another individual to prevent an opioid/heroin overdose from becoming fatal.
    The Community Recovery Center, located at 264 W. Dominick St., Rome, provides certified alcohol and substance abuse treatment services. Certified by the Department of Health to operate an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, the center is open Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    For more information about the Community Recovery Center and its services, call 315.334.4701.