Delaware event to provides opioid rescue training, rescue drug

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An event in Smyrna, Del., provided opioid rescue kits to residents and free training Wednesday. The event was aimed at those who are at risk of experiencing an overdose or for the loved ones of those at risk.

Each rescue kit contained two doses of Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug.

The training lasted approximately 10 minutes. Attendees were taught how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency. They also were informed about local treatment and support resources.

“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t forget about the opioid epidemic. Addiction has its grip on our community, and with this event and others, we can make sure that Naloxone gets to individuals and families who may need it during an opioid overdose emergency,” Trinidad Navarro, the insurance commissioner, said. “While we continue to work to ensure that treatment for those with drug dependencies is affordable and accessible, events like these offer an opportunity to increase awareness and education life-saving techniques and tools.”

Navarro hosted the event in collaboration with Public Health’s Kent County Community Response Team, the First Presbyterian Church of Smyrna, and the Smyrna-Clayton Ministerium.

The event was outdoors and offered drive-through and walk-up options.

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