September is National Recovery Month, also known as, National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. It is also Suicide Prevention Month.
The Hamilton County Coalition is committed to educating and empowering the Chattanooga community with tools and information to combat the opioid epidemic. The organization offers monthly opioid overdose prevention training sessions every third Tuesday to individuals and groups that provide care to those who may be suffering from opioid dependency.
“Utilizing Naloxone won’t curb the urges caused by addiction but it will definitely afford us another opportunity to access treatment so people suffering from the disease will know that recovery is possible,” said Camilla Bibbs-Lee, director of the Hamilton County Coalition. “I encourage every and all care takers in the Greater Chattanooga Area to attend these free training sessions offered by the Hamilton County Coalition.”
During the training sessions, participates will learn the following:
How to identify the signs of an overdose
Who to contact if there is a suspected overdose
What to do in those critical moments
About alternative pain management
About treatment resources
How to prevent an overdose
How to SAVE a life!
Every participant who completes the free training session will be given a Narcan kit – valued at $350. The next training will be held on Tuesday, Sept.18, from 2-3 p.m. at Hamilton County Coalition, 804 Central Ave. To register, call 305-1449 or visit www.hccoalition.org.