First responders in Wyoming County and the other GLOW region counties are invited to register for a training that “could spare another’s lifetime” as event sponsor Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC) said Tuesday.

The free Virtual Opioid Overdose Reversal Training will take place at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 and last about a half-hour. Those who participate will learn the following:

n recognize the signs of an opioid overdose;

n respond appropriately and effectively to an opioid overdose;

n correctly administer the spray form of Naloxone (Narcan);

n apply the Good Samaritan Overdose Law to overdose responders;

Those who complete the training will receive a reversal kit. To register, visit the R-AHEC website at or call Lisa Green at (585) 786-6275 or email her at R-AHEC is sponsoring the workshop in collaboration with Spectrum Health and Human Services.

“Our first priority audience is emergency responders, health care providers and anyone in the health care industry,” said Green, R-AHEC program coordinator. She said the preferred audience is Wyoming County responders, but that the training will be open to responders in Genesee, Livingston and Orleans counties as well.

“We try to set up a training .. like last year we did it four times a year. We are part of RCORP (Rural Communities Opioid Response Program),” Green said. “Through that program we need to offer three trainings. It’s really contingent upon interest.”

Green said there is no set schedule for these trainings.

“We need to offer three trainings a year but we try to offer more because it’s such a necessary training,” she said. “This particular training (Oct. 21), I happened to have some people who contacted the office to say they were very interested in taking a training knowing that we do offer them.”

Melanie Rhodes, R-AHEC executive director, said the organization works to address public health issues.

“We partner with different organizations to educate the community on the effect of opioid abuse and providing resources for recovery,” she said. “Our organization, that’s one of our primary focuses — community education.”

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