Stu­dents re­ceive NAR­CAN train­ing

Rus­sell Sage Col­lege nurs­ing stu­dents learn about overdose an­ti­dote

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ni­cholas Buo­nanno nbuonanno@troyrecord.com @Nick­Buo­nanno on Twitter

TROY, N.Y. » Twenty se­nior year nurs­ing stu­dents from Rus­sell Sage Col­lege were trained Thurs­day af­ter­noon to rec­og­nize the warn­ing signs of an opi­oid overdose, and to ad­min­is­ter nalox­one, a med­i­ca­tion used to treat an overdose.

The train­ing was led by Kelsey Sar­good, pub­lic health ed­u­ca­tor at the Rens­se­laer County De­part­ment of Health, along with Olivia Mo­gan, a trainer with the county’s de­part­ment of health.

The Sage Col­leges, which has a cam­pus in Al­bany and down­town Troy, re­quires its nurs­ing stu­dents to com­plete nalox­one — which is sold un­der mul­ti­ple brand names, in­clud­ing NAR­CAN — train­ing, even though the train­ing is not a New York State re­quire­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Nurs­ing Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Nurs­ing De­part­ment at The Sage Col­leges

Glenda Kel­man, Sage in­cludes this train­ing in its cur­ricu­lum since they be­lieve opi­oid overdose is a pub­lic health threat and that Safe stu­dents and grad­u­ates could play a role in pre­vent­ing death by overdose.

Kel­man said the col­lege has hosted th­ese train­ings since 2016 and that the col­lege has trained more than 200 nurses and the en­tire nurs­ing fac­ulty.

“It is truly an epi­demic,” said Kel­man. “We used to think it wasn’t here, but it’s here and it af­fects peo­ple of all ages.”

Sar­good said that her de­part­ment will do sev­eral train­ings each month through­out the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing at var­i­ous lo­cal se­nior cen­ters. The de­part­ment also of­fers a train­ing ev­ery month at the county health de­part­ment, along with one ev­ery month at St. Mary’s Hospi­tal.

“This is an epi­demic in our county,” said Sar­good. “The num­bers are still up higher than they were last year, so we just fig­ured the more kits we can get in peo­ple’s hands, the more we can do our part in try­ing to save lives.”

Stu­dents who took part in the train­ing re­ceived a kit, which in­cluded two doses of NAR­CAN-brand nalox­one nasal spray, a face mask for res­cue mask­ing, di­rec­tions of ad­min­is­ter­ing NAR­CAN, in­for­ma­tion to ob­tain re­fills and drug treat­ment/ coun- sel­ing re­sources.

“I feel like with how bad the epi­demic is, there is a re­ally good chance when I’m at home or even when I’m [at col­lege], there’s a good chance that we might ac­tu­ally have to use it,” said Ju­lia Corentto of Gan­sevoort.

NI­CHOLAS BUO­NANNO — NBUONANNO@TROYRECORD.COM

Kelsey Sar­good, pub­lic health ed­u­ca­tor at the Rens­se­laer County De­part­ment of Health, shows Rus­sell Sage Col­lege stu­dents what is in the NAR­CAN kit that each stu­dent re­ceived af­ter a train­ing Thurs­day.

NI­CHOLAS BUO­NANNO — NBUONANNO@TROYRECORD.COM

Olivia Mo­gan, a NAR­CAN trainer with Rens­se­laer County De­part­ment of Health, shows stu­dents from Rus­sell Sage Col­lege how to use NAR­CAN dur­ing a train­ing.

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