Naloxone vial on medical table for drug overdose

Criminal justice students learn life-saving lesson

A federal report released Thursday, Nov. 17, by the U.S. surgeon general states that an American dies every 19 minutes from an opioid or heroin overdose.

A little more than a week before that report was released, students in St. Clair County Community College professor Jim Jones’ Dynamics of Substance Abuse class were taught how to prevent those deaths.

Julie Walding, a registered nurse with the St. Clair County Health Dept., gave a detailed presentation on why and how to administer naloxone — also known as Narcan. The drug is used to treat patients who have overdosed on opioids.

The St. Clair County Health Dept. offers monthly trainings on the subject.

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