2018-12-14 / Community News

Red Cross launches first aid for opioid overdose course

The American Red Cross has launched First Aid for Opioid Overdoses – an online course to teach people how to respond to a known or suspected opioid overdose.

In 2016, drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans, with nearly two-thirds of those deaths involving opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maine had a total of 180 drug fatalities in the first half of 2018, with 84 percent caused by at least one opioid.

The 45-minute course contains content on how to identify the signs and symptoms of a suspected opioid overdose and the appropriate care to provide based on the responsiveness of the person. Information on how to use several different naloxone products. To register for the course, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class/opioidoverdose.

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