Vernon Township to host Narcan training Nov. 16

Vernon Township's Community Mental Health Board will be hosting a free Narcan training at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the township's Community Service Building, 2900 N. Main St., in Buffalo Grove.

The event is presented by the Lake County Opioid Task Force's "A Way Out" Program.

Narcan, otherwise known as Naloxone, can save the life of someone who is suffering from an opioid drug overdose by reversing its effects. Opioids include some prescription medications, heroin, fentanyl and any drug that contains any amount of fentanyl.

More than 250,000 U.S. residents have died from a fentanyl overdose since 2018, and 23% of these deaths occurred in Illinois.

"I encourage residents to attend this free event to prevent deaths resulting from opioid overdoses," township mental health board President Noelle Moore said. "Narcan is a nonaddictive, lifesaving medication that anyone is able to utilize."

The Lake County Opioid Task Force's "A Way Out" Program helps community members get connected to substance abuse treatment, regardless of lack of insurance or financial resources. The program also offers education on drug prevention and recovery programs.

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Registration is not required to attend this event. Residents are encouraged to call (847) 634-4600 for information.

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