Stu­dent club trained on Nar­can

Group started as part of Talbot Goes Pur­ple

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DENAE SPIERING dspier­ing@ches­pub.com

EAS­TON — Re­cently, mem­bers of Eas­ton High School’s Talbot Goes Pur­ple stu­dent club re­ceived Nar­can train­ing from the Talbot County Health De­part­ment Preven­tion Of­fice.

“Over­dose deaths are now the lead­ing cause of death in our youth,” Talbot County Sher­iff Joe Gam­ble said. “We’re do­ing ever ything we can to fight this epi­demic. Train­ing our stu­dents em­pow­ers them to join the fight against over­dose deaths in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

As part of Talbot Goes Pur­ple, Eas­ton and St. Michaels high schools have clubs com­pris­ing stu­dents who have pledged to take a stand against sub­stance abuse. The stu­dent-fo­cused clubs help the kids learn they don’t need drugs or al­co­hol to meet life’s chal­lenges.

The clubs also help stu­dents learn about the signs and symp­toms of drug use and what to do if a friend needs help.

The Nar­can train­ing in­cluded in­for­ma­tion on how to spot the signs

of an over­dose and what to do, in­clud­ing how to ad­min­is­ter res­cue breaths and how to put a per­son into the “re­cov­ery po­si­tion.”

Stu­dents in the St. Michaels High School Talbot Goes Pur­ple Club are get­ting Nar­can trainin in Jan­uary.

Com­monly sold un­der the brand name Nar­can, nalox­one is a life-sav­ing med­i­ca­tion that re­verses an opi­oid over­dose yet has no abuse po­ten­tial. It is easy to use is and is avail­able over the counter with­out a pre­scrip­tion.

This year’s Start Talk­ing Mary­land Act man­dated that all public schools pro­vide preven­tion ed­u­ca­tion and stock Nar­can. Talbot County Public Schools is the first in the re­gion — pos­si­bly the state — to train high school stu­dents.

“While we hope our stu­dents are never in a sit­u­a­tion in which they have to ad­min­is­ter Nar­can, we are grate­ful that they are able to be trained on how to do so prop­erly.” said Kirk Howie, Eas­ton High prin­ci­pal. “We are proud of the stu­dents in our TGP Club for tak­ing such an ac­tive role in fight­ing the opi­oid epi­demic.”

The clubs started in Septem­ber af­ter stu­dent am­bas­sadors rep­re­sented Talbot Goes Pur­ple at sev­eral events dur­ing the sum­mer. Since school started, the stu­dents have taken more than 15 school games pur­ple, have hosted sev­eral ed­u­ca­tional speak­ers and are work­ing on fun con­tests for the up­com­ing na­tional ‘Pur­ple Week’ in Jan­uary.

An ini­tia­tive from the Talbot County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Tide­wa­ter Ro­tary, in part­ner­ship with Talbot County Public Schools, Talbot Goes Pur­ple em­pow­ers youth and the com­mu­nity to “go pur­ple” as a sign of tak­ing a stand against sub­stance abuse.

Talbot Goes Pur­ple is based upon THP Project Pur­ple, an ini­tia­tive of the Her­ren Project that helps peo­ple strug­gling with drug de­pen­den­cies. For­mer NBA player Chris Her­ren founded both projects af­ter speak­ing to a high school about his strug­gles with drug de­pen­dency.

Kirsten Moore, com­mu­nity health ed­u­ca­tor with the Talbot County Health De­part­ment Preven­tion Of­fice, pro­vided the train­ing for the stu­dents. Moore and Alexan­dra Duff, preven­tion su­per­vi­sor with the TCHD preven­tion of­fice, have trained more than 650 peo­ple in Talbot County since July.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Nar­can or to get trained, visit www.Tal­bot­sGotHeart.org or call the Talbot County Health De­part­ment at 410-819-5600.

More in­for­ma­tion on Talbot Goes Pur­ple is avail­able at www.tal­bot­goe­spur­ple.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Kirsten Moore, com­mu­nity health ed­u­ca­tor for Talbot County Health De­part­ment Preven­tion Of­fice, demon­strates how to use Nar­can at an in-school over­dose preven­tion train­ing at Eas­ton High School, as part of Talbot Goes Pur­ple.

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