How One Nonprofit Is Teaching People To Respond To Drug Overdoses

Aug 8, 2017

The nonprofit Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team is offering training for workers who might need to administer Naloxone, or Narcan, the overdose rescue drug.

The group led a training Monday at the Rhode Island Foundation, where Naloxone is available on site. Trainor Erin McDonough said the group has already trained more than 6,000 law enforcement and emergency responders, and now they plan to branch out to other types of workers.

“We hope to be in contact soon with the Rhode Island Library Association, possibly RIPTA,” McDonough said. “More publicly facing entities where they could possibly train their employees and then have them respond to an overdose.”

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a package of new legislation Monday aimed at curbing opioid overdoses. The bills include better education and information for patients when they are prescribed opioid painkillers.