Wholesome Acadia, in partnership with Frenchman’s Bay Public Library, will provide a presentation on methamphetamine starting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in individual on the library, situated within the Sullivan-Sorrento Recreation Middle, 1776 U.S. Freeway 1 in Sullivan.
Methamphetamine-related deaths in Maine greater than tripled between 2019 (47 deaths) and 2021 (166 deaths). In response to this rise in meth misuse, Wholesome Acadia has developed a free studying session for members of legislation enforcement, social service suppliers, different stakeholders, and group members to extend consciousness of what meth use, impairment and overdose appear to be. This work is supported by means of a substance use prevention grant from Maine Prevention Companies to handle opioid and stimulant misuse.
The session on September 6 will final roughly half-hour and supply a normal overview of methamphetamine terminology, manufacturing, addictive potential, short- and long-term well being results, withdrawal signs and overdose knowledge in Maine. Attendees will discover how you can acknowledge whether or not somebody they encounter could also be below the affect of meth and how you can present help.
Following the presentation, for many who want to keep, Wholesome Acadia workers will present a 15-minute coaching on how you can administer naloxone — or Narcan — an overdose reversal medicine that may quickly halt an overdose till emergency medical personnel arrive.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist – it blocks opioid receptors within the mind – and whereas it’s not assured to reverse each overdose, it’s the greatest protection. Naloxone shouldn’t be dangerous to anybody who shouldn’t be experiencing an overdose. In actual fact, it will be as innocent as giving somebody water – even for infants or babies.
Typically stimulants like methamphetamine, and more and more, some off-market prescription drugs, are laced with fentanyl, a particularly potent and harmful opioid that may trigger overdose. The extra individuals who carry naloxone, the extra possible there will likely be somebody out there to manage the life-saving medicine whether it is wanted. Individuals who attend the September 6 presentation will obtain coaching on how you can administer naloxone after which will likely be eligible to obtain a free naloxone package.
Wholesome Acadia is a 501(C)(3) group well being group constructing vibrant communities and making it simpler for all individuals to guide wholesome lives all through Washington and Hancock counties. For extra details about Wholesome Acadia’s group well being and wellness packages and companies, go to healthyacadia.org.