Gándara Center, Tapestry, and Hampden County Addiction Taskforce are excited to announce an upcoming series of community-based Narcan trainings conducted in both English and Spanish. The trainings will be offered to the public in various locations in Springfield and Holyoke this fall. Admission is free and Narcan will be available for attendees.

Overdose prevention education is critical for community health and well-being. Please join us to increase awareness around the nation’s growing opioid crisis and the local resources helping to combat it. The trainings will be provided in both English and Spanish, with the intent of empowering community members, opiate drug users, family and friends to save lives. Attendees will learn about rescue breathing, what Narcan is, and how to administer it. Narcan will be distributed during the event.

In Massachusetts, there were 2,032  unintentional deaths from opioid related overdoses in 2018, according to MA Department of Public Health. The Latino populations have experienced some of the fastest growth rates of confirmed opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, between 2014 and 2018 opioid related deaths among Latinos nearly doubled in the state, a rate higher than any other demographic. As such, the Gándara Center is dedicated to using the available data to identify engaging and appropriate solutions. Gándara, as the statewide leader in providing substance use and mental health treatments to Latinos, is committed to providing bilingual trainings to make the Narcan events more accessible to the local Latino community.

Last year’s Narcan trainings by Gándara Center and Tapestry Health were well-attended and generated much positive feedback.

The effectiveness of Narcan cannot be understated: last April, four members of Gándara’s Hope for Holyoke Recovery Center saved a person’s life with three doses of Narcan.

Narcan Trainings:

Thursday, October 3
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Nueva Esperanza
401 Main St., Holyoke, MA

Thursday, October 10
6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
South End Community Center
99 Marble St., Springfield, MA

Thursday, October 24
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
North End Youth Center
1772 Dwight St., Springfield, MA

Tuesday, November 5
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Holyoke Public Library
250 Chestnut St., Holyoke, MA

Thursday, November 14
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Indian Orchard Citizens Center
117 Main St., Indian Orchard, MA

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