TOMS RIVER, NJ -  A free Narcan distribution, training and education session will be held on Monday September 25 and is open to anyone, including family members, friends, professionals and individuals who are at risk or could be in the presence of someone who is at risk of an overdoes.

The program is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Center and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During the sessions, counselors and licensed nurses wil educate attendees on how to administer Narcan  reverse a heroin/opioid overdose. Attendees will also receive ‘hands on’ practice of rescue breathing and naloxone administration.

The Narcan training and education session is a part of RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention's overall commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic. When an overdose occurs, first responders often use naloxone (Narcan), a life-saving nasal spray that counters the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose, stated a press release from the health center.

Registration is required to attend and attendees must register prior to September 21. The program takes place at 6pm September 25 in the dining room at the RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, 1691 US Highway 9 in Toms River.