The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge has partnered with End Overdose, a nonprofit organization working to end drug-related overdose deaths through education, medical intervention and public awareness.
Workshops will be offered at CCLCF on select evenings and weekends in August and September. In addition to training, attendees will receive a CPR face shield, and a two-dose kit of Kloxxado, a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose until emergency medical care arrives.
According to data from the CDC, fentanyl-related overdoses are the No. 1 cause of death for people ages 18-45.
“Fentanyl is lethal in small amounts and many times people are unaware their drugs contain fentanyl,” said End Overdose Founder, Theo Kryzywicki. “Three out of five overdose deaths could have been prevented if someone present knew how and when to intervene. We are training the nation to respond to overdose.” Kloxxado can be administered by anyone age 12 and up.
“With National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day on Aug. 21, we thought this a perfect time to help educate our local community about the dangers of fentanyl and how anyone can help save a life,” said Betsy Ferguson, Executive Director of CCLCF.
The first workshop is on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. and will be free for participants. To register and find additional times, vist cclcf.org.
First published in the August 17 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.