Free Narcan and Harm Reduction Trainings, February 4-5, 2024

The Roosevelt County Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program is hosting Free Narcan training opportunities. There will be two sections of training offered. Sunday’s training will focus on community members. Monday’s trainings will focus on law enforcement, probation/parole and detention professionals. Trainings are provided by New Mexico Department of Health. Please mark your calendars, share with your family/friends/neighbors and plan to attend.

“Drugs are in our community and unfortunately many people don’t know what to look for or how to help until it impacts someone they love,” stated MAT Program Manager Kristine Paulus. “The sad reality is that oftentimes that’s too late, whether it be a fatal overdose, non-fatal overdose, substance use disorder and/or involvement with the criminal justice system related to drug use.”

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024 at 5 p.m. – Free Narcan Training for Community Members at the Jake Lopez Community Center (705 E. Lime St. – Portales) 

Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. – Free Narcan Training for Law Enforcement at the Jake Lopez Community Center (705 E. Lime St. – Portales) 
Harm Reduction – Medical Cannabis – Narcan/Naloxone – Advanced Narcan

Narcan and Harm Reduction Training Overview:New Mexico Department of Health statistics revealed that New Mexico had the 11th highest drug overdose rate in the US in 2020, and about 2 out of 3 drug overdose deaths involved an opioid (prescription opioids, heroin, or fentanyl).  The Drug Enforcement Administration says New Mexico is seeing an issue now more than ever, seizing more than 2.3 million fentanyl pills in the state in 2022.  These drugs are moving into our community and placing our children and families at risk.  The hope is that teachers, faith based communities, parents, grandparents, friends, basically everyone in the community will attend this training to learn how to intervene in an overdose situation and save a life.  The Community training, which is open to all community members, will focus on Harm Reduction, Medical Cannabis, and Narcan/Naloxone.  The training for law enforcement, probation/parole and detention professionals will include this same material as well as Advanced Narcan training.  Lesson plans are accredited by the NMLEA  for law enforcement officers that need annual or biennium continuing education credits and participants will receive 3 advanced training hours. 

The class instructor will be Ted Asbury, Law Enforcement Training International (LETI) Adjunct Faculty.  LETI instructors and curriculum have been approved and accredited by NMDOH for Narcan/Naloxone and Harm Reduction.

Please register in advance if you would like to attend.  You can register by visiting https://www.rooseveltcounty.com/narcan-training/. All attendees will receive Narcan to take home.  Free CEUs will be provided to law enforcement, and detention/probation officers. 

Registrations will be accepted through Feb. 2, 2024.

More about the MAT Program…

Along with medications available for opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder, the medication assisted treatment (MAT) program at RCDC provides a holistic treatment approach. This includes group and individual therapies and discharge services within the facility, as well as reentry and peer support services to assist individuals with the transition from detention back to the community.  The goal is sustainable change and increased chances for success, as recovery is not a linear process but is a unique experience for each individual.

 For more information about the upcoming training, see the attached event flyers or contact the Roosevelt County Administrative Offices at 575.356.5307.

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