Oranges and overdoses take center stage at Naloxone training

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): It’s a sobering statistic: in 2015, one person died from an overdose involving opioids on average every 15 minutes. It’s tragedies like that coupled together with the FM area’s own opioid struggles that prompted a Naloxone training event Thursday. And an orange could save the life of a loved one overdosing.

Do you know how to give Naloxone? That was the question facing nearly 50 people in the face Thursday morning. Oranges simulated a person, employees and volunteers from ShareHouse, Centre Inc., Essentia Health ER, Fargo detox and even Minot PD measured out the liquid, and plunged in the needles. Naloxone counteracts the effects of opioids on the body.

"There are many approaches to saving a life and this is one small piece,” explained Ruth Roman with Fargo Cass Public Health.

Valley News Live asked, don’t first responders in the FM area already carry Naloxone, and don’t they arrive very quickly? Roman says they absolutely do, the save lives. But that’s only when 911 is called. That’s why training on the little oranges could keep your loved one alive.

“Life saving in our community. If they're able to have this knowledge and are then able to have the Narcan then we can save lives and then we can start to make an impact on the number of deaths our community is seeing,” said Roman.

It was also discussed at the training event that in North Dakota, third-party individuals can obtain a prescription for Naloxone from a doctor or pharmacist.

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