LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is hosting a free community training class on Narcan and will provide a free Narcan kit to those who attend.
According to the health department, Narcan blocks opiate receptors in the brain so it can be used to help prevent opioid overdose deaths if given in a timely manner.
It works in one to three minutes and lasts 30 to 90 minutes and it can cause withdrawal symptoms but there is not a risk for abuse or addiction.
The event is drawing attention because of local well-known public figures joining in on the campaign such as Mayor Linda Gorton and hip hop artist Devine Carama.
Carama said he wants to use his influence in the community, especially with kids, for such a good cause.
“I work with youth for a living so a lot of our youth have been impacted by drugs, drug overdoses, in some way, shape or form whether directly or indirectly through family members and it’s growing all over the state,” Carama said.
The classes are scheduled for 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at the health department’s main building.