Overdose prevention and response taught at Empire market

International Overdose Awareness Day

Recovery advocates set up a booth at Empire Farmers market in Joplin Saturday to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day.

The group handed out information on how to prevent, identify and respond to an overdose. About two-thirds of preventable drug overdoses involve opioids.
They also offered Narcan training. Narcan is an opioid inhibitor that can temporarily stop an overdose and is routinely used by ambulance crews.
International Overdose Awareness Say is a way to educate the public on the dangers of drug use.
Paula Donaldson, a recovery advocate said, “It is to commemorate those who have gone on because of an overdose, to help the families, and be with them, celebrate them. As well as getting out information, so we can put an end to overdose because it is preventable.”

The advocates tell us a new recovery center is set to open in September. More details are expected to be released.

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