Overdose Prevention Education Hour on Tuesday, March 7

The Boys & Girls Club Of Cape Cod
Invites the Public to Attend a Free Naloxone/Narcan Training and

Overdose Prevention Education Hour on Tuesday, March 7

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod will be hosting a free Naloxone/ Narcan Training and Overdose Prevention Education Hour from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod, located at 31 Frank E. Hicks Drive in Mashpee.  The training session will be put on by the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and is open to the public so anyone can attend this life-saving training which will be completed in less than an hour.

The training is open to the public and attendance is confidential. Drop ins are welcome, however the Boys & Girls Club will be providing free food and would like a head-count for planning purposes, so if you are thinking of attending, try to let them know, or for more information call 508-477-8845.

Narcan, whose generic name is naloxone, is an opiate antidote and can reverse a potentially fatal overdose until help arrives.  Although no training is needed in order to purchase a Narcan kit, this training is invaluable to understand what an overdose looks like, what the risk factors are for an overdose; how to recognize an overdose; how to respond to an overdose situation; and, how to administer naloxone.  To purchase naloxone at a local drug store, your pharmacy needs to have a standing order in place, or you need a prescription from a doctor, and you should participate in a training session on how to use naloxone.  This program will provide training in administering naloxone and certification saying you  took part in that training.  Free naloxone kits may be available on a limited basis at the end of the training.

If you have an active user in your household, are a user yourself, own a business where an overdose could potentially occur, or just want to learn more, this training is for you.  Attendance and information about who receives training in using naloxone is kept in strict confidence.  Each person who is trained receives a code number that indicates that they have been trained and are certified to keep and administer Naloxone.

Opioid overdose is the leading causes of death in Massachusetts, in fact, overdose deaths from opiate drugs in Massachusetts now exceed deaths from car accidents, and the victims are getting younger.  Cape Cod has experienced an epidemic of overdoses.  Examples of opioids include heroin, OxyContin, methadone, fentanyl, morphine, and many prescription pain medications.  Naloxone blocks the opioid’s effects and restores normal breathing when sprayed into the nose of someone who has overdosed.  It is safe, easy to administer, and has no potential for abuse.

 The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod provides positive alternatives to unsupervised out-of-school time and education programs for children and teens about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.  We offer age appropriate research-based drug and alcohol prevention programs.  For the teens we also provide a safe place where they want to go, and where there is no tolerance for drugs and alcohol, giving this age group a place to participate in positive activities.

The Boys & Girls Club has served the youth of Cape Cod for 19 years, providing essentially free afterschool programs and an affordable summer day camp open to any Cape Cod child or teen, age 6-18. The Club provides programs for more than 914 boys and girls in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation.  The membership fee is just $100 for the school year for kids in grades 1- 6.

The Teen program runs from 2-8 or 10 pm during the school year and the teen membership fee for grades 9-12 is just $10.  Teens in grades 7 & 8 can attend either the High School Teen Program or the Clubhouse program, and their membership is dependent on which program they use.

The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod also runs an affordable summer day camp for kids going into grades 1-9 in the summer.  Summer Camp tuition is $165/week and includes 2 or 3 weekly field trips, with scholarships based on need available while it lasts. The camp fills fast, and parents are urged to register their children early starting in March.  For more information call 508-477-8845, email info@BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org  or visit them on line at http://www.BoysGirlsClubCapeCod.org .

The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC) has been providing comfort care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS for over 30 years.  Today ASGCC services individuals and families from all across Cape Cod and on Martha’s Vineyard.  They also work closely with the Nantucket Access Network .  Their direct services include extensive case management, transportation assistance, access to food and nutrition services and whole range of other services to help people with HIV/AIDS lead healthy lives.  Food services include a monthly food pantry box program from Hyannis that allows clients to prepare meals for themselves in their own homes.  They have a daily congregate lunch program in Provincetown and also deliver meals to clients who are unable to come to the agency themselves.  They also provide a full range of Prevention and Screening services.  These services include providing lifesaving information as well as testing and screening for HIV/AIDS and many other sexually transmitted infections.  Through their outreach programs the Prevention team reaches over 100,000 residents and visitors each year. In addition, they provide access to housing and operate a 10-unit congregate housing program located in Provincetown.  For more information you can reach Client Services & Prevention at 428 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02610, call 508.778.1954, or online at http://asgcc.org

Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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