Truth Pharm, a non-profit organization with the goal of reducing harm for those who use substances, will be providing Narcan training in Binghamton on Tuesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 15th.

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The training will be held at the Binghamton Bus Terminal, 81 Chenango Street, Binghamton, New York 13901.

Narcan is a medication administered to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. In a 2017 article written by Nadia Kounang of CNN, it was noted that research by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts showed that 93.5% of opioid overdose patients survived when given Naloxone. Narcan is easy to use and has shown to be extremely effective at saving the life of an overdose victim.

In a previous article, it was noted that Broome County had an especially high rate of opioid-related deaths in 2020 of 35.8 per 100,000 residents. That number is significantly higher than the 2019 statewide average of 15.1 opioid deaths per 100,000 residents and the national average of 21.6 opioid deaths per 100,000 residents.

In addition to Truth Pharm's in person training on Tuesday and Wednesday, residents can find additional resources on training and Narcan kits through the Broome Opioid Awareness Council. As noted on their website, residents can call United Health Services and receive Narcan training over the phone and arrange to pick up Narcan kits. There is also a training video available on United Health Services' website. The website also contains a wealth of information about harm reduction, resources for those struggling with addiction, locations of drop boxes for unwanted medications and a variety of other resources.

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