UNION, NJ – Community members and employees of the Township of Union school district recently attended a Narcan training program, co-sponsored by the Union School District and the Health and Wellness Coalition of Union County.

Narcan is the brand name for the drug Naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose. Three healthcare professionals from JSAS Healthcare in Neptune came to Union High School and presented the training which included information about the Good Samaritan Law and the Overdose Prevention Act, when and how to administer Narcan, and how to follow up once Narcan is administered.

Attendees learned the signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose and the importance of calling 911 immediately, as well as how to conduct rescue breathing to assist in the event of an overdose. Those present received a Narcan kit that can be re-supplied should it be used. In addition, packets of information on how to help a loved one who is struggling with addiction were included.

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“I hope I never have to use my kit.” said Student Assistance Counselor Jill Hall.  “But if it can help even one person, it will be well worth it.  If administering Narcan can help get one person to treatment, I will be very grateful.”

“We are so grateful to the staff, administrators and Board of Education members who volunteered to be part of this Narcan training,” said Athletic Director Linda Ionta.  “By receiving this important training, we are now better equipped to help those in need.”

“Having twenty members of our district participate in this training is a positive reflection of our school community,” said Board of Education member David Arminio, who attended the training. “If we can help just one person, than it’s worth it. I hope more people take advantage of the training. I am grateful to the Board of Education for passing this policy.”