Area residents will be able to learn how to use Narcan and receive a kit containing the heroin overdose antidote through a program sponsored by state Senator Frederick Akshar.

Next month's event in the village of Owego is part of an ongoing effort to educate New Yorkers about the life-saving properties of naloxone, which is marketed as Narcan.

The training in the use of naloxone will be provided by the Southern Tier AIDS Program.

Those who take advantage of the training session will be given a free Narcan kit.

The program will be held at the Owego Fire Department training center at 191 McMaster Street on July 9 at 9 a.m.

People interested in the training event should register in advance at Akshar's Senate website.

Old prescription pills may be dropped off at the Owego site after the training session. The drop-off event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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