Covenant House Alaska to Host Narcan Kit Training
Anchorage, Alaska – In an effort to help save lives and combat the opioid crisis in Alaska, Covenant House Alaska will host a Narcan Kit training session on Thursday, March 23.
Training will be offered by Dr. Jay Butler, who heads the Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force and Andy Jones, the State of Alaska Medical Duty Officer. Volunteers from the Alaska State Troopers, Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as Covenant House Alaska staff and youth, will participate. An educational briefing on opioid addiction will also be offered to volunteers and youth.
“This is a powerful opportunity for us to educate our youth about how these drugs destroy lives,” said Carlette Mack, Interim Executive Officer for Covenant House Alaska. “We are losing an entire generation of young Alaskans to opioids, and so we must start teaching our youth what they can do to prevent addiction, the horrible impact of opioids and how to help themselves and their friends.”
Narcan (Naloxone) temporarily blocks or reverses the effects of opioids. In most cases the effect is immediate (within 30 to 40 seconds), blocking the effects of an overdose and restoring normal breathing when sprayed into the nose of someone who has overdosed.
Covenant House Alaska is hoping to assemble 2,000 kits on Thursday. The kits normally cost about $150 each, but through a federal grant to the State of Alaska, these kits are being distributed for free.
The Narcan Kit assembly will begin at 10:30am in the Weidner Room at Covenant House Alaska, 755 A Street.
March 23, 2017
Education, Training, and Opioid Overdose Rescue Kit Buildout Event
1. Opening Remarks
2. Covenant House Staff Opioid Education 8:10 am – 8:40 am
3. Covenant House Staff Project HOPE Train the Trainer 8:40 am – 9:20 am
5. Youth Opioid Education
6. Opioid Overdose Rescue Kit Buildout Event 10:30 am - 2:00 pm