An informational drug forum was held at Braintree Town Hall Thursday night, which included training in the administration of Narcan.
Representatives from the Manet Community Health Center in Quincy where on hand to distribute the lifesaving drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan, which is used to reverse the effects of a narcotic drug overdose.
Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan explained that offering the public Narcan is all part of the town’s proactive approach to the narcotic drug epidemic.
“We in Braintree are part of a regional effort to combat this opiate epidemic. Unfortunately we’ve had some issues with some heroin overdoses and some other types of addictions that have resulted in overdoses that have required us to avail the Narcan to people – to families. So all of our public safety people, both police and fire, are now being fully trained on the utilization of Narcan and now we’re doing that type of training here tonight at Braintree Town Hall, to give families Narcan for their homes.”
Manet Health Center Director of Clinical Operations Jean Giangrande said Narcan is easily administered via a nasal mist and saves lives.
“Narcan is an old-time drug that reverses narcotics, opiates and so forth – used in surgery – but now they have it nasal form. So it can be administered by anybody, as long they get the training and they can save lives!” she explained.
Narcan is available through community health centers.