SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Central New York businesses are being encouraged to take advantage of free Narcan training.
ACR Health is offering to help people recognize an overdose and then how to properly administer Narcan to reverse the effects of the drug.
They say overdoses can happen anywhere, anytime and don’t have to be with someone you know or work with.
TCGplayer in Downtown Syracuse found that out a couple of months ago.
What they first thought was a security breach turned out to be a woman overdosing as she wandered into the common space the company shares in The Galleries with other tenants.
It just so happens a few months before that seven people working at TCGplayer had been trained for free by ACR Health to recognize an overdose and administer Narcan.
They did exactly that and called 911. Paramedics got there just as the woman was regaining consciousness.
Kevin Barker was the one who gave the woman two shots of Narcan because the first one missed.
“You administer one dose of Narcan it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to pull them out of the overdose and also having the secondary one because sometime you can’t rely on the ambulance and paramedics to get there on time and what happens when the Narcan wears off they go back into that overdose state and that can also be deadly so you want to be prepared and have that second dose around so you can give them more time,” he says.
The training will take place every other Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at ACR Health’s Syracuse office on West Genesee Street.
Free training covers overdose recognition tips, Narcan injections, and access to Narcan kits (medicine and carrying kit). All training is open to the public; first come, first served (limited to 25 participants)