PHILADELPHIA, January 8, 2019 — State Senator Art Haywood and State Representative Chris Rabb co-hosted an event to allow constituents to learn about Narcan nasal spray and how to save someone from an opioid overdose.

“Substance abuse affects all walks of life and is an issue we are all too familiar with,” Senator Haywood said. “Through the Narcan training, we equipped everyday people with necessary skills to potentially save someone’s life. If one more life is saved from an opioid overdose, then we are moving in the right direction.”

This event took place on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Chestnut Hill College in Martino Hall in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Residents were able to attend this free event in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services where they were given information on how to recognize the signs of an overdose, learned about the Good Samaritan Law in PA, and how to properly administer Naloxone (Narcan).

“Last night’s training opened my eyes to Philadelphia’s opioid crisis in a very visceral way,” said State Rep. Chris Rabb. “Narcan training is as important as learning CPR, and my office will now know how to treat someone overdosing on opioids and will continue to work closely with Senator Haywood’s office and other partners to make sure we help many others provide this life-saving service as well.”

When the training ended, attendees were able to get questions answered and received certificates for their participation as well as a Narcan toolkit to revive someone from overdose. Senator Haywood plans to have two more Narcan Overdose Training Seminar sessions across the district in partnership with local elected officials and community organizations, one in the spring and another in the fall.