The Andover Police Department, in conjunction with the Lowell House and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, will be hosting overdose protection training on Tuesday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at the Police Department.
The training, which is being offered for free to Andover residents, is focused on opioid overdose. Officials say opioid overdose is one of the leading causes of death in Massachusetts. Some examples of opioids include heroin, methadone, fentanyl and morphine.
In order to save lives, DPH is conducting a pilot project statewide to deliver training and distribute a medication called nasal naloxone, which goes by the brand name Narcan. If administered properly, it can reverse an opioid overdose. When sprayed into the nose of someone who has overdosed, Narcan blocks the effects of opioids and restores normal breathing. It is safe, easy to administer and has no potential for abuse.
Sgt. Christopher Moore said the department approached Lowell House to offer the training. Based in Lowell, the nonprofit agency specializes in outpatient and residential addiction services. It has partnered with the state to offer the Narcan workshops through local police departments and other nonprofit agencies in the area.
“We sought them out,” Moore said. “We felt it was necessary the community gets the training.”
Moore said the session would last about two hours. Lowell House personnel will be issuing Narcan to people who go through the training process. Seating is limited and only available via prior registration.
For more information or to register for the training, contact Moore at the Police Department at 978-475-0411, ext. 3015 or by email at PublicTraining@andoverps.net.