Published in the Wednesday, June 17, 2015 edition


WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition (WAKE UP) and the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition will host training on opioid overdose prevention on Thursday, June 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Americal Civic Center.
The training is open to all residents of Wakefield and surrounding towns.
The training will include how to recognize an opioid overdose and how to best respond to this medical emergency. Participants will also be taught how to administer nasal Narcan (a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses) and will leave with a supply of the life-saving drug.
The session also will cover:
• What are opioids?
• What is an overdose?
• Basic risks (purity of drug, dangers of mixing drugs, tolerance changes)
• Recognizing an overdose (signs and symptoms)
• Responding to an overdose
• How to use Nasal Narcan
Mary Wheeler, director of Healthy Streets Outreach, a program of Northeast Behavioral Health, will facilitate the training. Substance abuse treatment information and resources will also be available. For more information, please contact Catherine Dhingra, WAKE UP Coordinator, at or 339-219-4034.