Narcan training to be held in New Lenox, IL

Narcan training to be held in New Lenox, IL

The New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition, in partnership with the Will County Executive’s Office, will offer Narcan training on Jan. 25.

The free training will be held via Zoom. The event is currently sold out.

Will County is south of Chicago and contains portions of Joliet and Naperville.

Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is used to reverse a drug overdose by blocking the effects of opioids. Everyone who attends the class will receive a Narcan nasal spray kit. The location where the kit can be picked up will be provided after the videoconference.

After a previous training session, an attendee used her kit to save a life days later.

Dr. Kathleen Burke, Will County Office of Substance Use Initiatives director, will instruct the class.

Since 2014, the coalition has also partnered with the Sertoma Centre in Matteson twice annually to provide residents a free QPR class. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer.

The purpose of the class is to increase public awareness of suicide and how to identify those at risk. Participants are taught how to question, persuade, and refer persons who are at risk for suicide.

The most recent event was held in November and was for anyone high school age and older.