Addicts’ family, friends to get overdose antidote training

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A kit with naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is displayed at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. An overdose of opiates essentially makes the body forget to breathe. Naloxone works by blocking the brain receptors that opiates latch onto and helping the body "remember" to take in air. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — Advocacy groups in northwestern Indiana plan to train family and friends of drug addicts how to use the overdose antidote naloxone.

LaPorte County Drug Free Partnership director Joseph Bunch tells The Northwest Indiana Times that his group is partnering with the nonprofit Overdose Lifeline Inc. to train 100 people on how to administer an intranasal dosage of the antidote. It can reverse potentially fatal overdoses from opioid painkillers and heroin. The training will be Jan. 21.

Indiana allows residents to obtain naloxone without a prescription from pharmacies or agencies that are registered with the state. Residents must be trained in administering the antidote.

Bunch says the training is aimed at the right audience because “family or friends of the addict are the ones who want to help.”

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