TriCounty Health Department Having Monthly Naloxone Trainings
By Kristin Forbis, Aug 3, 2022
TriCounty Health Department shared in a press release that they are now holding monthly Naloxone training at each office location, beginning in August. TriCounty Health invites all to a one-hour training on recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and administering opioid overdose reversal drugs. Fatal drug overdose counts have increased by 188 percent in the tri-county area from 2020 to 2021. TriCounty Health presented to the Board of Health Wednesday, July 27th, an in depth review of opioid and other overdose rates in the area which have been increasing since 2019. The Uintah County Attorney’s Office states, “[We] fully support TriCounty Health Department’s public outreach program to raise awareness of fatal overdose usage of opioids. We encourage the public to become informed on the benefits of having and administering Naloxone whenever an adverse reaction is suspected. Finally, we encourage anyone to call 911 if they observe an unresponsive individual. In many instances such actions are protected by the State’s Good Samaritan law.” Naloxone training will be the second Wednesday of every month beginning August 10th at 5:30pm. Classes will be held at TriCounty Health locations in Roosevelt and Vernal. There is limited space available in each class so sign up on tricountyhealth.com.