Health department to offer free class on giving Narcan

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- It's a drug that, in a matter of seconds, can save a life.

"It gives families a second chance. It gives people another chance at life," Kevin Hall, with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, said. "The thing that we hear most frequently is that this is enabling drug users and we like to think of it as that this is helping families."

Narcan has been around for quite some time now. It's a drug that blocks the effects of opioids. Once only in the hands of first responders, it's now much easier for the general public to get a hold of; That can mean parents saving their children or a stranger saving someone.

Hall said, "You just never know when the person is going to finally take that step to work on entering recovery and what life they can achieve after that. Every life is worth saving."

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has an upcoming class to teach folks about Narcan - what it does and how to use it. Those people then leave with Narcan in-hand.

The health department hopes more people trained means more lives saved and more people taking a step toward recovery.

"That's what this is about it's helping rebuild families, it's keeping the community strong and it's keeping people alive," Hall said.

The department has 1,500 kits of Narcan.

Training is Tuesday, January 23 between 5 and 6 p.m. It takes about 15 minutes to complete.

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