Online Course Teaches Saving A Life In An Overdose

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193 people die each day from drug overdoses — that’s someone every 8 minutes.
So would you know what to do if someone overdosed?

Now there’s an online class that can help you deal with that kind of situation. 

You may not think of the American Heart Association as a group responding in the opioid crisis.  But the organization says it trains millions of people on resuscitation every year and now on reviving somebody from an overdose.

“This is one of the things that people don’t talk about,” Lori Visker said.

Visker is a long-time volunteer for the American Heart Association. She also has a loved one suffering from an opioid addiction.

“It doesn’t discriminate who you are or where you come from. And I think we have to break that stigma in order to talk about it–in order to make some changes,” Visker said.

Visker took the 15 minute online training offered through the American Heart Association on how to respond in an overdose situation and how to get a person suffering from addiction help.

“Recognizing what’s out there for help, if you have a loved one who is going through this and the resources that are available because I think it’s everywhere and it’s hitting us really hard in our community right now,” Visker said.

“It’s a crisis, that’s the bottom line here,” Chrissy Meyer of the American Heart Association said.

Meyer says people must learn how to administer the life-saving opioid blocker Narcan as well as CPR and get people the help they need.

“The odds are if you are ever going to have to use it, it’s going to be on a family member or someone you know,” Meyer said.

Visker knows that all too well.

“Because it’s scary and you don’t know if they are one use away from losing their life, one time away from going to jail, or one drug deal gone bad–as we’ve seen in our own community,” Visker said.

Narcan is available at most pharmacies without a prescription. All you have to do is ask for it.
The AHA has two versions of the online opioid education course. It costs $10 for lay people and $20 for medical professionals.

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