BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – With a grant from the Department of Health Care Services, Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition (NVHRC) has been given 1,600 doses of Naloxone, or more commonly Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, to disperse to drug users and those around them in Butte County.
A community training will be held on Friday, March 22, at 6 p.m. Those who attend the training will learn how to administer the reversal drug and will also receive a box containing two doses of Narcan. The training on Friday will be held at Blackbird Cafe located at 1431 Park Avenue in Chico.
In 2017, there were 17 deaths due to opioid-related overdoses, with most by prescription painkillers and heroin, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Narcan works to reverse an opioid overdose almost immediately after given by friends, family and even drug users themselves.
The coalition is providing free Narcan and brief trainings to individuals and groups on how to identify an overdose and administer the reversal drug.
The grant was given in October and since then over 500 boxes of the reversal drug have been given out with multiple trainees saying it has been successful.
The coalition encourages anyone who uses opioids or is around someone who does to go to one of the emergency community trainings.
Stay with Action News Now for updates on future community trainings.