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  •  Free program on the correct use of overdose reversal drug available at Rome Memorial Hospital

    Rome Memorial Hospital’s Community Recovery Center will offer training and education on the administration of Naloxone, or Narcan, a medicine that can reverse an opioid overdose, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 6-7 p.m. in the hospital’s classroom. Narcan kits will be available to those who are interested, while supplies last.
    The Community Recovery Center, located at 264 W. Dominick St., Rome, provides certified alcohol and substance abuse treatment services.
    Community Recovery Center Program Director Ashlee Thompson, MSEd/CASAC and Michelle Barrett, RN will present the program which is free and open to the public. Advance registration is preferred for planning purposes, but not required. Please call the Community Recovery Center at 315.334.4701 to make a reservation or for more information.
    “Overdose fatalities can be prevented, especially if there is a witness that is trained and prepared to respond in a safe and effective manner,” Thompson said. “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 is 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.

    Ashlee Thompson    Michelle Barrett 
    Ashlee Thompson, MSEd/CASAC         Michelle Barrett, RN