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Health department marks milestone with Narcan training program

Nearly two years after its launch, the Kane County Health Department’s Narcan training program has reached a milestone.

The number of officers trained in the administration of Naloxone recently surpassed 1,000, according to a news release.

Naloxone, a medication marketed under the trade name Narcan, is used to counter the effects of an overdose. Naloxone is safe and effective and has no effect on non-opioid overdoses, according to the release.

Twenty-nine officers from 16 agencies participated in the first Train the Trainer class, which was held in July 2014, the release stated. The release indicated the number of trained officers has since grown to 1,008.

Agencies that have participated in the training include the Batavia, Campton Hills, Elburn, Geneva, Kane County Forest Preserve, North Aurora and St. Charles police departments, as well as the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Elgin Community College and Waubonsee Community College, according to the release.

“The health department is committed to continue to reach out and provide training to partner agencies,” Executive Director Barb Jeffers stated in the release.

“We take pride in teaching officers from all the departments on the administration of Narcan and how to train their fellow officers.”
 
According to the release, seven lives were saved by police officers within the first year of the program. Since then, there have been a total of 26 lives saved in Kane County by police officers responding to the scene of an overdose and administering Narcan, the release stated. 

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