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Health Department staff will provide free Narcan training at Jefferson Community Ministries (238 W Washington St, Charles Town, WV 25414) on Friday May 17 at 6:00pm. This training is free and open to the public. Participants will learn how to administer life-saving medicine to an overdose victim. You do not need to register prior to the training, but if you have any questions you can call 304-728-8416.

Naloxone (Narcan, Evzio) is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription pain medications. Knowing how to use this medication in an emergency saves lives.