Fire com­pany to host ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nar on Nar­can

Event sched­uled for Mon­day evening at the Sads­buryville Fire Com­pany

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

Sads­buryville Fire Com­pany No. 1 will be host­ing a “heroin and Nar­can” sem­i­nar Mon­day to ed­u­cate the public about Nalox­one, an over­dose in­ter­ven­tion drug.

The free sem­i­nar at 7 p.m. on Mon­day is open to the public and will be held at the fire sta­tion at 24 First Ave.

Leo Scac­cia, di­rec­tor of Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal’s Medic 93, is one of the speak­ers pre­sent­ing. He has more than 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and train­ing on this topic. Event or­ga­niz­ers said the speaker will fo­cus on the cur­rent trends and mis­con­cep­tions of who is us­ing these drugs.

The sem­i­nar speak­ers will also dis­cuss the signs and symp­toms that would prompt the use of Nar­can. All speak­ers are Nar­can ad­min­is­tra­tion cer­ti­fied. Public tes­ti­mony will be per­mit­ted.

Sads­buryville Bat­tal­ion Chief Erik Brecht helped or­ga­nize the ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nar.

“We’re host­ing this sem­i­nar be­cause we are all about ed­u­cat­ing the public on safety,” Brecht said.

Brecht re­called a re­cent in­ci­dent when he as­sisted the po­lice who ad­min­is­tered Nar­can and the in­di­vid­ual be­gan breath­ing bet­ter. He as­sisted the am­bu­lance crew with the pa­tient who was trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal. One sign of an opi­oid over­dose is slowed or ir­reg­u­lar breath­ing.

Brecht said he did not have a Nar­can kit, which the lo­cal po­lice carry. All Ch­ester County po­lice depart­ments have per­mit­ted their of­fi­cers to carry Nar­can in an ef­fort to save lives that would oth­er­wise be lost to an over­dose. The Good Sa­mar­i­tan Law, passed in 2014, al­lows first re­spon­ders to carry Nar­can. Nalox­one, also known as Nar­can, is a drug that tem­po­rar­ily re­verses the symp­toms of an opi­oid over­dose.

Painkiller ad­dic­tions and over­doses have im­pacted peo­ple na­tion­wide, in­clud­ing in the Philadel­phia re­gion.

“Hours af­ter be­ing home, I de­cided that more ed­u­ca­tion was needed on this so­cial epi­demic,” Brecht said, who has been an EMT for 32 years.

Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Ad­dic­tion Cen­ters, three com­monly pre­scribed opi­oid med­i­ca­tions are Vi­codin, OxyCon­tin, and mor­phine. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC) web­site states that opi­oids—pri­mar­ily pre­scrip­tion pain re­liev­ers and heroin—are the main driver of over­dose deaths. Opi­oids were in­volved in 28,647 deaths in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the CDC.

Ethan Healey, of West Ch­ester, joined Good Fel­low­ship Am­bu­lance and be­came an EMT. In an in­ter­view with the Daily Lo­cal News, he said af­ter hav­ing friends whose sib­lings passed away from drug over­doses, he started Project Nalox­one in Ch­ester County a few years ago at 17.

The sem­i­nar spon­sor, Servpro of Ken­nett Square, will pro­vide food and bev­er­ages. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Sads­buryville Fire Com­pany at 610-857-9332 or email info@sfc31.com.

“We’re host­ing this sem­i­nar be­cause we are all about ed­u­cat­ing the public on safety . ... More ed­u­ca­tion was needed on this so­cial epi­demic.” — Bat­tal­ion Chief Erik Brecht, Sads­buryville Fire Com­pany No. 1

Visit Daily Lo­cal News staff writer Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar’s blog about jour­nal­ism and vol­un­teer­ing as a fire­fighter at Fire­fight­erGinger.blogspot.com.

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