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By: UPIKE Public Relations |
October 7, 2019
PIKEVILLE, Ky. –
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of
Osteopathic Medicine is offering free NARCAN training sessions to university
faculty, staff, and students as well as first responders and other community
members. Individuals who complete the grant-funded training will receive opioid
education certification from the American Heart Association.
Available as a spray, NARCAN
is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. According to the Appalachian
Overdose Mapping Tool, from 2013-2017, Pike County’s opioid overdose mortality
rate was 38.2 (per 100,000 population), more than twice the national rate of
“Unfortunately, due to the
prevalence of opioid use in Eastern Kentucky, there’s a high demand for NARCAN
in the area,” noted Joshua Crum, D.O., KYCOM associate dean for clinical affairs
and assistant professor of family medicine. “Although NARCAN can be obtained
over the counter, it’s important that individuals receive training prior to
administering the medication. That’s where this grant comes in. UPIKE-KYCOM has
the opportunity to offer hands-on training, in addition to the AHA’s training
video, so that trainees can learn how to properly administer the medication during
If you or your organization
would like to participate in a free training session, contact Dr. Crum at 218-5428
or Danny Driskill at 218-5448.
The $29,500 grant, which
includes the installation of four NARCAN stations across UPIKE’s campus, was
awarded by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for
Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, to provide
training and technical assistance to increase knowledge of opioid use disorder
prevent, treatment, and harm reduction services and increase capacity to
respond to an opioid-related event.