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Naloxone Training Coming to Washington to Help Fight Opioid Overdose Deaths

Posted: Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 6:26 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

The number of deaths involving opioids in Iowa has fallen 35% in the first eight months of this year compared to 2017. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, that decline is due to several factors including access to Naloxone, a drug that can help victims of overdoses be revived while emergency medical crews respond the scene.

A non-profit from the Quad Cities is working to help teach people how to administer Naloxone. Quad Cities Harm Reduction is offering a free training session at the Washington Public Library Tuesday 6-8 p.m. Attendees will learn what to do in the event of an opioid overdose, how to use Naloxone, what to do once the reversal drug has been given, and who to call for help. So far, Iowa has had 89 opioid-related deaths this year.