Whitehall residents tackle opioid crisis with training seminar

On Wednesday night, Victory Ministries in Whitehall,served as host for a public forum aimed at tackling the opioid crisis head-on. About 50 people attended a free naloxone training seminar. (WSYX/WTTE)

WHITEHALL, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Victory Ministries in Whitehall helps anyone in need.

On Wednesday night the center served as host for a public forum aimed at tackling the opioid crisis head-on.About 50 people attended a free naloxone training seminar.

People were advised on how to use the nasal spray aimed at reversing the effects of an overdose. They were given one of the sprays, along with drug disposal bags. The bags are made of a material that when mixed with water, deactivates the drugs, which can be thrown in the trash.

Whitehall resident Tim Schaller decided to attend the event after what he recently witnessed at a blood bank.

“I used the bathroom after I made my donation, and when I walked in there and passed out. There’s no question it was an overdose,” said Schaller.

Steve Roth, a Mt. Carmel Narcan outreach coordinator, headed up the training.

“You put this in someone’s nose and squeeze, and you’ve administered four milligrams of naloxone” Roth told the crowd.

The trainings are part of an outreach program developed from efforts of multiple agencies.

“Franklin County Public Health was awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to equip the community with naloxone so we are able to provide naloxone to our community members after they are trained, then ADAMH received a grant in order to buy 5,000 bags for drug disposal,” said Olivia Burton with Franklin County Public Health.

State health officials said the trainings are perfect for any size community who want to make a difference.

“With this epidemic, it hasn’t been just centered on one gender, one age group, one economic status or one race,” said Andrea Boxill, deputy director of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team.

To learn more about getting one of the seminars for you community visit here.

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