HOPEWELL — Ontario County has joined the growing list of communities offering public training to deal with drug overdoses.

The county’s public health department, in collaboration with Rochester-based Trillium Health, is hosting a Naloxone training session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the county safety training facility on County Road 48. There is no charge.

Kate Ott, a nurse with Ontario County Public Health, said this will be the first time the county has offered training to the general public. A session was held in January for school nurses.

“For this training, we are hoping to reach a larger community audience,” Ott said.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. It has been used numerous times by area law enforcement, usually for heroin overdoses.

“It is simple to give and readily available,” Mary Beer, the county’s director of public health, said of the medication. “Individuals who work with the public or have friends or family members who use heroin or other opioids should consider learning how to give this lifesaving medication.”

Those attending the March 9 session will learn how Narcan works, signs of opioid overdose and how to administer the medication via the nostrils. No needles are involved, and those who attend the training will receive an overdose prevention rescue kit containing two doses of Narcan.

Additional trainings will be announced as interest dictates.

“Naloxone has already saved lives and can potentially save many more,” she said.

Ott added that Trillium Health is providing trainers for the session, and registration is required. To sign up, email Ott at kate.ott@co.ontario.ny.us or call (585) 396-4343 or 1-800-299-2995.

“We are about half full at this point,” she said.

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