The opioid crisis is not only affecting the rich and famous; it's hitting hard at home in Central New York. Do you know what to do if your loved one has an overdose?

Narcan is a brand name for naloxone, a medication designed to reverse an opioid overdose quickly. It's usually administered via nasal spray or an auto-injector. Narcan restores normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of the overdose of heroin or prescription opioid pain medications. Narcan cannot be abused or harm you.

ACR offers free Narcan training and is open to the public and on a first come, first serve bases up to 25 people per class. Training covers overdose recognition tips, Narcan injections, and access to Narcan kits (medicine and carrying kit). For individual training, consultations, or to register for a class contact ACR Health at, or call 800-475-2430 and ask to speak with a Narcan trainer.

Utica Narcan Trainings
When: Every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.
Where: 287 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501

Syracuse Narcan Trainings
When: Every other Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Where: ACR Health's Syracuse Office, 627 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13204

Watertown Narcan Trainings
When: Every 3rd Thursday of each month, 4:00 p.m.
Where: ACR Health's Watertown Office, 120 Washington Street, Suite 302

Part of the ACR training includes a card detailing how to obtain Narcan at a pharmacy. Fully stocked Narcan kits are supplied for individuals who are at risk for overdose or their family members or friends who receive training through ACR Health. At-risk individuals may also obtain Narcan at pharmacies without a prescription.

Community Recovery Center at Rome Memorial Hospital periodically offers free Narcan training, or you can make an appointment by calling 315-334-4701.

The state is trying to put Narcan (naloxone) into the hands of those most likely to encounter a drug overdose while continuing to make Narcan widely and easily available. The program is called N-CAP, Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program.

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