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MANSFIELD -- Family Life Counseling & Psychiatric Services and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have announced the second quarterly workshop of the 2019 Addict’s Family & Friends series.

On June 25 at 5 p.m. in the Community Room, the organizations will host  “Narcan Training: A Survivor & Rescuer’s Approach.”

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Facilitated by a rescuer and a survivor, the training will take a holistic perspective on the many costs and benefits of utilizing Narcan. Topics will include the monetary cost of Narcan, the mental drain of first responders, and the importance of the act for those being revitalized.

Also referred to as Naloxone, Narcan is defined as a pure opiate antagonist and prevents or reverses the effects of opioids, including prescription pain killers, heroin, and fentanyl.

Throughout the hour-long training, the audience will hear a firsthand account from someone in recovery who was revived from Narcan, as well as a testimony of the first-responder.

The training will also include information on how to utilize the Narcan and a complimentary Narcan kit, which was made possible by Richland Public Health and Project DAWN.

The survivor’s background will remain confidential until the workshop; however, the rescuer sharing his story and facilitating the training will be Dr. Joseph Bocka.

Bocka is an emergency and family Physician, a medically-assisted treatment provider, the EMS medical director, the mental director of Catalyst’s Stabilization Detox Unit, and a representative on the Richland County Opiate Board.

For more information about the workshop series, contact Traci Willis, director of organizational development & outreach at Family Life Counseling & Psychiatric Services at (419) 774-9969.

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