Opiate Education Workshop

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Opiate EdST. JOHNSBURY- Each and every day, more than 130 people in the United States die from overdosing on opiate substances, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Here in the Northeast Kingdom, we unfortunately are no stranger to the toxicity that surrounds opioids and opioid addiction.

The Saint Johnsbury Academy's Adult Education Program held an opiate education workshop on the SJA campus on April 2nd, for members of the community to attend.

This is the second time that the group has held the workshop, and they have another private workshop planned in a few weeks. The group facilitator, Jennifer McGarvin said their reasoning behind having the class was because, "community members and employers were talking about how they were realizing the opiate epidemic was having a pretty significant impact on students that they had, as well as the people they were trying to employ and their family members. And we're looking for strategies to support each other around how to manage that. That lead to a connection with the department of health, and subsequently a grant was issued to prepare this training and offer it throughout the state."

Attendees not only shared their experiences, but also were shown a demonstration of Narcan Nasal Spray and how it works. 

Marina Cole, runs the Adult Education program over at Saint Johnsbury Academy. When asked about why the Academy chose to offer this workshop she said that she, "the opiate epidemic is a topic that's touched my life personally, and I know that it's touched a lot of folks in our community."