MANKATO – So far, more than 100 people have received free naloxone training since Christian Family Solutions started offering it, with two more sessions to come before the end of the year.
The counseling organization, at 44 Good Counsel Drive, began providing free training on overdose reversal medication in September. It came in response to overdoses of fentanyl in the community.
A 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. training Monday, followed by another at the same time a week later on Dec. 13, have slots available, said Stephanie Jordan, chemical addiction counselor at Christian Family Solutions.
“It is very helpful to raise awareness of the dangers of the opioid epidemic we are in right now and to provide resources for people to use if they have loved ones or family members who are actively using it,” he said. she declared.
Those who complete the training are given take-home kits with fentanyl and naloxone test strips.
By training more people in the use of resources, Jordan said he hopes more deaths will be avoided.
âI think they were very well received,â she said. âIt seems a lot of people find them useful. “
Heroin containing fentanyl has been a leading cause of drug overdoses in recent years. It’s not just heroin now, however, Jordan said the organization is hearing about more drugs containing fentanyl.
Classes can accommodate around 25 people per session. Christian Family Solutions, which partners with the Steve Rummler HOPE network for training, plans to continue offering training on the second and fourth Mondays in January.
To reserve a free seat, email [email protected]