Free training for parents: Identifying overdose, Narcan use, and signs “Hidden in Plain Sight” – Monday (and May 16)

Above: Northborough and Southborough are working together to teach parents how to notice the hidden signs of drug abuse that are right in front of them, and what to do in the case of an opioid overdose.

This coming Monday, Parents and guardians are invited to free trainings related to opioid abuse.

The brief training sessions will be held every 10-15 minutes. They will take place the evening of May 8th in Southborough and be repeated in Northborough on Tuesday of the following week.

Participants will be trained to identify an opioid overdose and learn how to reverse it using Narcan. At the same event, they can learn how to identify signs of substance abuse before an overdose takes place.

Narcan and Hidden Signs training flyer
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The exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight”:

is an awareness program designed to educate parents on things that they may find in their child’s room, book bag, or car. They may think that the item is innocent, but the item may indicate that their child is involved in some risky behavior.

Trainings will be run by the Southborough Fire Department and the Northborough Police Department. The events are sponsored by the Northborough-Southborough Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (NSSAPC).

Children aren’t prohibited, but parents are cautioned against bringing them: 

This training and exhibit are geared toward adults and parents/guardians. Due to the content, we encourage you to consider whether this is appropriate for your child.

While we feel it is important for youth to have the information about how to help their peers, know the warning signs of overdose, and understand the risks of opioid addiction, we caution parents about bringing younger children or older children that may be at risk to misusing this information.

The schedule is:

Monday, May 8, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (every 10-15 minutes)
Pilgrim Church, 15 Common St., Southborough

Tuesday, May 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (every 10-15 minutes)
Trinity Church, 26 Main St., Northborough

Attend either event as both will be offering the same training and information. These events are free and open to the public. Refreshments served at both.

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