Overdose prevention education is critical for community health and well-being, especially during the nation’s growing opioid crisis. The Gándara Center has partnered with Tapestry, a nonprofit community-based healthcare provider, to offer Narcan trainings this fall with the intent of empowering community members, active injection drug users, families and friends to save lives.

We’re received a lot of positive feedback about our first four October trainings in English in Westfield, Ludlow, Palmer, and Chicopee, where attendees learned about rescue breathing, what Narcan is, and how to administer it. Narcan will continue to be distributed during our two November events in Spanish.

Entrenamiento de Narcan en Español

Gándara, as the statewide leader in providing substance use and mental health treatments to Latinos, is committed to providing Spanish speaking trainings to make the Narcan events more accessible to the local Latino community.

The Latino and African-American populations experience some of the fastest growth rates of confirmed opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, from 2014 through 2016 opioid-related deaths among Latinos more than doubled in the state, a rate higher than any other demographic. African-Americans were the only demographic to see a rise in opioid-related deaths from 2016 to 2017. As such, the Gándara Center is dedicated to using the available data to identify engaging and appropriate solutions, and believes Narcan training should be accessible to everyone in the community.

If you know people who would benefit from Narcan training in Spanish, please share this important, potentially life-saving opportunity to them!

All are welcome to attend, and all trainings are free. Childcare, as well as light refreshments, will be available at the Spanish-speaking events in November.

Community Narcan Trainings in Spanish

Wednesday, November 7
Holyoke Public Library
250 Chestnut St.
Holyoke, MA
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 13
Chestnut Middle School
355 Plainfield St.
Springfield, MA
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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(Above) Nellie Maldonado, assistant director for program administration at Tapestry Health, holds a Narcan training on October 18 at the Westfield Athenaeum.