(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) is teaming up with the Boone County Overdose Response Coalition to host a Save a Life event on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The event will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. at PHHS, located at 1005 W. Worley St.

The purpose of the event is to educate and distribute naloxone, also known as NARCAN®, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. This event is part of the Save a Life series, which aims to raise awareness and provide resources for preventing opioid overdose deaths in the community.

No registration is required for this free event, and all members of the public are welcome to attend. In addition to the formal presentation from 12 to 1 p.m., PHHS staff will also be available from 1 to 1:30 p.m. for those who are unable to attend the initial session.

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Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and how to properly use and access naloxone nasal spray. This training is made possible through funding from contract DH240054280 between PHHS and the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Thanks to a continued partnership between PHHS and the Missouri Institute for Mental Health (MIMH), participants will also have access to NARCAN® at no cost during the event. This collaboration highlights the commitment of both organizations in addressing the opioid crisis and saving lives in Columbia/Boone County.

Don't miss this important opportunity to learn how you can help prevent opioid overdose deaths in your community. Join PHHS and their partners on Feb. 27 for this informative and potentially life-saving event.

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