There are very few towns in the Commonwealth that have been spared the impact of drug addiction; the rate of unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths, including deaths related to heroin, reached levels in 2013 previously unseen in Massachusetts.
As part of a multi-prong approach to addressing this epidemic, the Quaboag Hills Community Coalition (QHCC) Substance Use Task Force and several community partners are sponsoring a free showing of the film “The Anonymous People” and a pre-film training on the use of nasal Narcan on Friday, November 13 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Ware Town Hall. The training and film are made possible with support from the “We Walk for Recovery” event held in Ware on September 26; the Eastern Region of Baystate Health including Baystate Mary Lane and Baystate Wing Hospitals; the Ware Fire Department and AdCare Services. Refreshments will be provided.
The nasal Narcan training will consist of how to prevent and recognize an opioid overdose and what to do if one occurs. It will be held from 5:30 to 6:00 pm. “The Narcan training covers the importance of calling 9-1-1, how to perform rescue breathing, and how to administer nasal naloxone or Narcan,” said Edward Wloch, Deputy Chief of the Ware Fire Department. Wloch has been trained by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and has provided training to area EMS Providers and Police, and community members. “Narcan is safe, easy to administer and has no potential for abuse,” noted Wloch.”
Registration is not required to attend the film, discussion, or Narcan training.
At the end of the training, community members who feel they are at a higher risk of witnessing an overdose will receive a Narcan kit at no charge to take home with them.
The goal of the Task Force and its partners is to hold Nasal Narcan trainings that are accessible throughout the many communities it serves.
The film will begin at 6:00 pm and will be followed by a community discussion facilitated by Cora Chase from AdCare Services in West Springfield. “The Anonymous People” is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Deeply entrenched social stigma has kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The story is told through the faces and voices of citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, public figures, and celebrities. This passionate new public recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials, and shift policy toward lasting solutions.
For more information and/or to request Narcan training for your town, neighborhood, or organization, contact Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs Manager, Baystate Health Eastern Region 413-967-2296.