Free Narcan training, kits offered in Farmington Hills

Farmington Hills Police and Fire Departments, with the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, will offer free Narcan training and Narcan kits during a November 21 event at Farmington Hills City Hall.

In this first-ever outreach program, held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Council Chamber at 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd., anyone age 12 or older can learn how to save the life of someone who has overdosed on opioids. 

Participants ages 18 and over will receive a free “Save a Life” kit that includes two, 4-milligram doses of Nasal Naloxone, commonly called Narcan. It reverses the symptoms of opioid overdose that can lead to fatal respiratory failure.

“We are reaching out to anyone who knows a person who is at risk of overdosing. We want community members and families to be prepared to act quickly if an overdose situation arises,” Farmington Hills Police Commander Bonnie Unruh said in a press release. “Overdose rates sharply increase at the holidays. People need to know this information to be able to potentially save a loved one’s life.”

Participants will be trained on how to administer Narcan and will receive information on side effects. Anyone who has already received Narcan training but has an expired kit is welcome to attend for a fresh up-to-date “Save a Life” kit.

To learn more or register, call Tracy Chirikas, Community Relations Manager for the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities at 248-221-7101 or visit tinyurl.com/AllianceTraining11-21-2019.