Middletown Business Owners Participate in Narcan Training

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – Business owners for an important lesson on Tuesday morning. It wasn’t your usual Middlesex Chamber of Commerce meeting. Dozens of companies, in person and online, have all educated themselves about opioid abuse and how to stop it.

“We are dealing with a very large opioid epidemic here in our country,” said Charles Mitchell, back-to-work program coordinator for the Middlesex Chamber. “Not just nationally, but statewide, citywide, citywide.”

Which makes it a company-wide problem. The Prevention and Wellness Alliance taught how to spot the signs of drug use and what to do in the event of an overdose. The answer is naloxone or narcan, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. There were some on this webinar ready to run out and buy it.

“So this is all very, very new to me, but now I feel like I need to have a few doses in a few different buildings just in case,” one business owner said.

The presentation that all of these companies received is very specific on exactly how to administer Narcan. Most of them probably didn’t think they needed to know just a few years ago. Now they do, for a very specific reason: the prevalence of fentanyl. »

“There is a greatly increased need, not only for Narcan itself, but also for the information needed to educate our communities about the dangers of fentanyl,” Mitchell said.

There are still many questions as companies determine how best to respond to the opioid epidemic, but it’s important to remember that overdose reversal is far from the last and only step. .

“Narcan is not the blanket solution, but a temporary solution to keep someone alive until they can get immediate medical attention,” Mitchell said.

An employee needs rehabilitation, guidance and support to become a productive member of the team again.

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