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Centerstone, Egyptian Health offer free Nalaxone trainings

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MARION, Ill. -- Egyptian Health Department and Centerstone partnered up to give two free Nalaxone training sessions. The first event on Monday was held at Centerstone's Marion branch on Main street.

Although the training session was open to the public, it was mainly attended by Centerstone employees. Angela Manns, the group's Medical Services Director, says workers can use the valuable skill to save family, friends, or anyone else who may be overdosing on opioids. 

"They can use this training anytime they're in the community. If they have a family member who has an opioid addiction," Manns says.

April Scales, Overdose Prevention Educator, discussed opioid addiction in the training session before demonstrating how to use Nalaxone. Scales says Illinois has seen an increase in fatal overdoses, especially in the southern part of the state. 

"Per population rate, Southern Illinois surpasses Cook county in opioid overdoses," Scales explains. "It could be a variance of things. It could be unemployment rates here in our communities, as well as, low income and impoverished communities." 

Participants learned how to identify someone experiencing an opioid overdose, as well as, side effects of Nalaxone and how to administer the life saving drug. 

In addition to the Nalaxone training, Manns also discussed Centerstone's upcoming Methadone clinic that is set to open in January. It will be the first clinic of its kind in Southern Illinois. 

Methadone is used as a way to curb opioid addiction and reduce cravings. Manns says the drug differs from other opioid treatments such as vivitrol and suboxone, which have limited offerings in Southern Illinois. 

"Methadone fully covers the body's opioid receptors, so it’s able to fully cover all the cravings and withdrawals," Manns says. 

Another free Nalaxone training session will be held on December 6th at the Centerstone in Carbondale on South Illinois Avenue.  It's open to the public with registration

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