(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia, MO - The Boone County Overdose Response Coalition and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) have joined forces to host a Save a Life event on Wednesday, June 12. The event will take place at the Reentry Opportunity Center located at 2108 Paris Rd in Columbia from 12 to 1 p.m. This event aims to educate and distribute naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

No registration is required for this free event, which is open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to properly use and access naloxone nasal spray. In addition, PHHS staff will be available after the formal presentation to provide information and brief training for those who are unable to attend.

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Save a Life is a monthly series of events that focuses on educating the community on how they can help prevent opioid overdose deaths through the use of naloxone, also known as Narcan®. This life-saving drug has been proven effective in reversing the effects of an opioid overdose.

According to PHHS, individuals who have recently been released from incarceration are at a higher risk for overdose due to their decreased tolerance levels. Additionally, all street drugs have the potential to contain fentanyl, making them even more dangerous.

Funding for this event is made possible by contract DH240054280 between PHHS and the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Thanks to their continued partnership with the Missouri Institute for Mental Health (MIMH), NARCAN® will be available at no cost for participants of this event.

For more information about this event or naloxone distribution, please contact Heather Harlan at [insert new email] or 573-817-6404.

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