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Clarence, Missouri – Newly established non-profit organization, Shelby County Cares, hosted Naloxone training for staff, local law enforcement and first aid responders on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
Kylie McKenzie, Clinical Pharmacist for Clarity Healthcare in Hannibal provided the training at the Shelby County Cares office located at 100 E. Maple St. in Clarence. Kylie reviewed risk factors, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, the appropriate care to provide based on the persons breathing and level of responsiveness, and how to administer naloxone by use of the Narcan Nasal Spray to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Kylie provided data regarding the opioid epidemic moving across the United States, as well as in Missouri. Opioid emergencies can occur at any time and in any location, so Clarity Healthcare provided Narcan boxes to all participants. Inside each box is a two-pack of Narcan nasal spray.
Shelby County Cares office will have Narcan boxes available and trained staff to administer Narcan, along with members of the Clarence and Shelbina Police Departments and those first responders in attendance Thursday.
Shelby County Cares will be hosting several training opportunities in the future regarding mental health and substance use.
They will also have a booth at Farmers Day in Shelbina for September’s Suicide Prevention Month. You can locate more information by checking their Facebook page or contacting their office at 573-494-2280.