SIMSBURY, CT – The opioid epidemic is one of the most tragic, complex issues in our society. Each year in America, over 60,000 individual lives are taken by drug overdose. It is important that we act now and learn the critical steps to take in case of an emergency. On Tuesday, August 4, at 6:00 P.M., local nonprofit, A Promise to Jordan, will host a virtual (online) Narcan and QPR training session.
Narcan (Naloxone) training and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training are integral in case of an overdose. Narcan is an opioid antagonist that helps to reverse opioid overdose, administered either as a nasal spray or through injection. The mission of QPR training, is to reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative and practical suicide prevention training techniques. Together, these training opportunities will help to save lives and restore the hope of addicts and loved ones alike, before it is too late.
A Promise to Jordan is named in honor of Jordan Arakelian, a Simsbury resident who died of an accidental heroin and fentanyl overdose on June 30, 2018 at the age of 24. His mother, Lisa Gray, started the 501c3 organization in his memory to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of addiction, assist people in accessing quality care, and give hope that recovery is possible to those struggling with addiction.
The session is free for all attendees, but pre-registration is required. All registrants may receive a free Narcan kit after completing the training. For more information about this training session or A Promise to Jordan, visit www.apromisetojordan.org or contact A Promise to Jordan at (860) 390-1391.