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Free opioid overdose training March 6

Bemidji State University's Student Center for Health and Counseling is sponsoring a Monday, March 6 training session covering aspects of the nation's current opioid addiction epidemic.

The presentation, entitled "The Opioid Crisis: Learn More About the Many Pathways to Recovery," will be held twice: at noon in the Crying Wolf Room of BSU's lower Hobson Memorial Union and at 7 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer Hall room 100. Admission is free.

The session will be led by Bemidji resident Travis Carlson, a nationally-registered emergency medical technician who has experience working in cities large and small and on Indian reservations. He currently works as an EMS Training Center Coordinator for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe's Emergency Medical Services Division. He is a licensed Minnesota Peace Officer who holds numerous emergency medicine certifications and a degree in criminal justice/public safety.

The training will include ways to recognize signs and symptoms of an overdose, ways to respond to a person who has overdosed, how to administer Narcan — a FDA-approved drug used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose — and information and resources on addiction and recovery.

The presentation is one of nearly two dozen scheduled this year as part of an extensive campaign by Leech Lake EMS to spread awareness of opioid addiction and treatment and to share life-saving techniques for responding to overdoses.

Free doses of Narcan will be available for persons who attend the training sessions. Research shows that most accidental opioid overdoses occur in a home setting. The drug was developed to allow first responders, family, friends and caregivers to respond immediately to an overdose. Narcan is not a substitute for emergency medical care.

The training is sponsored by Leech Lake EMS, Indian Health Services, the Rural AIDS Action Network and Face It Together.

For more Information, contact Jay Passa at 218-755-2080 or