Thursday, May 18th a few thousand people will gather on the lawn at the Michigan State Capital Building, for the Unite to Face Addiction 2nd Annual Rally & Advocacy Day.. And Sanford House will be there. With a slogan like, “Be the Voice of Change” and opening remarks from Lt. Governor Brian Calley, it promises to pack a triple punch of entertainment, education and advocacy.
One of the special events at the rally will be free Naloxone training in the resource tent on the north lawn. And three educators: Dr. Michael Mullins, instructor Jeannie Richards of Bryan’s Hope and instructor Kathy Redding of Capital Area Project VOX will conduct the training. Sessions are at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM and you can register before the event to assure a space.
The “no needle” auto injection products were graciously donated to UFAM by Kaleo Pharmaceuticals and Adapt Pharm. And each participant will leave with two auto injector naloxone or two Narcan spray products. And clear instructions on how to use them and save a life.
Opioid overdoses have become a national epidemic and they are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Michigan. Opioid overdoses happen when there are so many opioids, or a combination of opioids and other drugs in the body, that a person becomes unresponsive to stimulation or is unable to breath. The kits pictured below could save the life of someone who has overdosed. And Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses if administered quickly.
Instructor Kathy Reddington says, “I’m not sticking to a strict training schedule. And I will train stragglers until 1:00 when my shift ends. If anyone comes to the resource tent who has not registered, I’ll train them. It is really important that these kits get into the community, there are programs for high schools and police stations in the area. And UFAM is a great opportunity for us to educate a large audience.”
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The training will take place in the Resource Tent on the North Lawn during the Rally on May 18th. Come one – come all!!!
For more information on opioids and how to prevent overdoses:
Opioid overdoses have become a national epidemic and they are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Michigan. Opioid overdoses happen when there are so many opioids or a combination of opioids and other drugs in the body, a person becomes unresponsive to stimulation or is unable to breath. The kit in the black box pictured below could save the life of someone who has overdosed. Naloxone, or Narcan, can reverse opioid overdoses if administered quickly. Last week Sanford House staff completed their two-hour Naloxone training session by the Grand Rapids Red Project. [read more…]