NEWTON, NJ—A Pharmacist Workshop will be hosted by the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities, a program of Center for Prevention on Sunday, February 25.
The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. with registration starting at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at the Center for Prevention on Newton Sparta Road.
This workshop will provide pharmacists with a Narcan training along with an update on available resources for the prevention of substance use and opioid overdose.
“Providing overdose recognition and response education is a harm reduction intervention that saves lives,” coordinator, Natishia McKown said in a release. “Heroin and other opioid overdoses are especially responsive to intervention because risk factors are well understood and Narcan is a safe antidote.”
In Sussex County alone, according to the center, there were 33 overdose fatalities from January to November of 2017, with many due to opioid medications or heroin. Also, 92 lives in Sussex County were saved by the administration of Narcan last year, nearly three times the number of overdose fatalities. Narcan saves lives and education is vital.
Two and a half Pharmacy C.E. Credits will be provided to attendees at no cost. Credits are pending approval by NJ Board of Pharmacy.