BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Councilman Matthew Moench is sponsoring a free Narcan training for the Bridgewater community, in consultation with Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Division of Addiction Psychiatry.

The program will be held Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at CenterBridge II, at 459 Shasta Drive. The program is limited to the first 25 residents, and interested residents should send an email to healthybridgewater@gmail.com.

To register, residents should include their names, addresses, telephone numbers and emails. 

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The program, according to a release, will help participants recognize overdose symptoms and appropriately implement life saving strategies during an overdose such as rescue breathing and administration of naloxone. Those in attendance will also receive free naloxone kits.

"Substance use disorder and the scourge of opioid abuse and addiction does not discriminate based on age, socioeconomic status or township borders," Moench said in the release. "Every community, including ours, has been impacted by this epidemic, and it is important that we give our residents every tool we can to help them combat this problem and to be in a position to potentially save someone's life."

"I intend this to be just the start of a public awareness and advocacy effort here in our community," he added.

The program will teach how to identify factors that led to the current opioid epidemic, recognize overdose symptoms and implement life saving strategies during an overdose, like rescue breathing and the administration of naloxone.

Presenters will be Queenie Reda, who is currently completing the requirements necessary to become a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, and Jose A. Cruz, a PhD student at Rutgers University with a wide range of experience in facilitating access to health and mental health services for populations dealing with issues like HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, immigration issues and addiction.