It is our goal to partner with our community to prevent unnecessary deaths from opioid overdoses. Every day, 130 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose. Most of these overdoses will occur at home, which means that family and friends typically discover the person suffering an overdose. It is these family members and friends who must be prepared to take fast action to save their loved one. We at CPHM believe that preparing our community to take action in these critical satiations is the key to saving lives.

CPHM recently launched a new, life-saving community partnership. We are excited to announce that we have joined with the NYS Department of Health and are now a registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. This designation allows CPHM to dispense Naloxone (NARCAN), a lifesaving medication used to reverse an opioid overdose, to community members in need.

Additionally, we are proud to add a new Opioid Overdose Rescue Training to the extensive list of community trainings we currently offer. This 90-minute training is free of charge and open to the public.

The training topics include:

  • Information about opioids and how they affect you
  • How to recognize an overdose
  • How to respond using intranasal Naloxone (NARCAN)
  • How to obtain Naloxone (NARCAN)
  • Safe medication storage and disposal
  • Tips for having difficult conversations with teens or family members
  • Recovery resources available in our community

The Opioid Overdose Rescue Training will be offered once a month. All classes will be held at the agency’s main station at 15 Crossing Blvd. in Clifton Park. Registration is required so that instructors have enough NARCAN Kits available for all participants. To register for a class, visit our website at www.cphmems.org/event.

For more information, call the CPHM Opioid Overdose Prevention Program at (518) 371-3880 ext. 154 or email opp@cphmems.org.