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Free Narcan training hosted monthly

Coastal Horizons will host a monthly Narcan training for the community to learn signs and symptoms of overdose. (Port City Daily/Amy Passaretti Willis)

WILMINGTON — Funded by the city and supported by nonprofit Coastal Horizons, free Narcan training is being hosted monthly for the public.

Coastal Horizons’ Quick Response Team will provide training on the first Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. The next one is being held at Hope Recovery Faith Community, 3403 Winston Blvd. on June 6.

READ MORE: $750K to expand city’s opioid response team, help reduce repeat overdoses

The event will explore the signs and symptoms of overdose and how it can be prevented with Narcan.

The QRT was formed as a call to the community’s opioid epidemic. Its main goal is to reduce the incidences of repeat overdoses in Wilmington and New Hanover County and increase overdose survivors entering recovery and treatment.

Formed in 2018 as a two-year pilot program, the QRT received $750,000 from the city through last year’s state budget.

Of initial opioid settlement funds allocated to the city and county, $1 million is being given to Coastal Horizons’ post-overdose response team. The money will allow the QRT to serve an additional 100 people. Last year, the QRT engaged with 205 individuals and has connected 85% to 90% of them with ongoing care since its inception.

To sign up for a training, call 910-833-2052.


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