WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy will be holding a community forum Thursday evening to discuss overdose prevention.
The forum aims to educate attendees on drugs in Clark County, overdose causes and prevention, intervening in an overdose situation, and training on the administration of the overdose-reversal drug, Narcan.
Participants who complete the Narcan training will receive a free Narcan kit or prescription for use in an overdose emergency.
The forum will be held Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark County Homeless Coalition, located at 19 Wainscott Avenue.
The Narcan provided after the training is paid for by grants, not tax dollars.
“If we can focus on preventive efforts to really prevent individuals from ever using substance to begin with then we have a much greater potential to have a bigger impact,” said Scott Lockard, public health director with the Clark County Health Department.
The Clark County Health Department wants to also focus on preventative efforts to stop people from ever using drugs to begin with. It’s taking part with a training cohort with 39 other health care groups across the country with the National Council for Behavioral Health to study preventative ways to combat addiction.