Opportunities for training to prevent overdoses available

Pennsylvania is among the states hardest hit by the heroin/opioid epidemic with an estimated 10 deaths each day in our commonwealth caused by drug overdose.

Project Bald Eagle, with funding from Highmark, will be offering free Naloxone training to 50 employers in the 10-county region of north central Pennsylvania including Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan, Lycoming, Clinton, Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Montour and Columbia counties, according to a news release.

Naloxone is a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and has become a powerful tool in combating this epidemic, the news release said. In 2014, Pennsylvania legislators passed Act 139 allowing law enforcement and regular citizens to obtain and administer this life-saving drug but rural areas of Pennsylvania remain largely unaware, untrained and/or unequipped.