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ETSU to offer free naloxone training on May 10

Contributed • May 3, 2019 at 4:59 PM

East Tennessee State University will offer free training to deliver the life-saving drug naloxone on Friday, May 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in ETSU’s Reece Museum.

Naloxone is a prescription medication and opioid antagonist drug that reverses the effects of opioids on the brain; it can be a life-saving medication in the event of an overdose. Participants will receive training on identifying risk factors associated with opioid overdose and how to use naloxone to save a life in case of an overdose emergency.

Generation Rx from the ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy will provide the training and naloxone kits will be distributed in collaboration with the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition. Registration will take place on site before the training.

The training will be offered in connection with the “Epidemic” exhibit currently on display at the Reece Museum. This exhibit by Dr. Eric Avery and Adam DelMarcelle fills galleries C and D of Reece Museum with a mixture of their works, as well as several students and local artists, including prints, installations, projections, body maps, scale models and even a “doomsday” clock that will tick off the number of U.S. overdose deaths during the run of the exhibition, one every 7.5 minutes.

The newspaper-style catalog for “Epidemic” is also a teaching tool, with 20 pages of illustrative and instructional prints by Avery and DelMarcelle; opioid statistics; step-by-step instructions for saving lives – including administering naloxone; and information on harm reduction and local support and recovery organizations. Copies of the catalog will be free at the exhibition.

For more information about the training, email [email protected] For more information about the “Epidemic” exhibition, contact the Reece Museum at www.etsu.edu/reece or 423-439-4392.

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