In response to the increasing number of opioid-related fatal overdoses in Connecticut, the Department of Public Health
sponsored a pilot program that distributed intranasal naloxone (Narcan©), along with opioid overdose prevention education, to opioid users and to trusted people in their lives such as family, friends, and staff of human services programs. During the summer and fall of 2016, the NVMRC and Echo Hose Ambulance Company took advantage of the DPH program and hosted three training sessions with approximately 30 attendees in each.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) awarded the Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps (NVMRC) with 2017 and 2018 Medical Reserve Corps Challenge Awards to help combat the worsening opioid epidemic Connecticut is facing. To continue the momentum established in 2016 by the CT DPH, the NVMRC established the Naugatuck Valley Overdose Prevention & Education (N.O.P.E.) Campaign to bring more education and resources to the Valley. Funding for this opportunity was available through a cooperative agreement between NACCHO and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE DEATHS IN NAUGATUCK VALLEY BY RESIDENCE TOWN (2015-2017)
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- Deaths per 100,000 residents
- Residents killed in 2017
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NVMRC is pleased to announce it has curriculum specific to Naugatuck Valley for its community members, no matter their knowledge or experience with opioids!
NVMRC will be conducting a series of community training events throughout the Valley that covers:
- Understanding Opioids
- How to Identify an Overdose
- How to Administer Narcan
- Good Samaritan Laws & MRC Liability Protection
- Community Support Information & Resources