Each year, thousands of families in New York State are struck with the tragedy of having a loved one die from abuse and overdose of opioids. In case you didn't know it (I certainly didn't) that's addiction to prescription drugs that many of us have right in our own medicine cabinets.
County Legislator James Sheppard wants to do something about it, so he is partnering with the folks over at the Women's Coffee Connection's Greenhouse Cafe on East Main Street to put together a training session that is really special.
The Coffee Connection is a very special place in our community where women who are recovering from their own addictions have come together to provide jobs, support and a second chance.
Legislator Sheppard is keenly aware of the devastating effects of this problem through his work with the Rochester Police Department as well as with kids in city schools and at the Center for Youth.
The use of Narcan to revive victims of overdose long enough for acute medical care has become an easy and viable way to save lives. But, the careful administration of it requires some elementary training.
The Coffee Connection and Legislator Sheppard are sponsoring that training next week with the help of the great people over at Strong Memorial Hospital. This training is designed for patients, families, medical personnel, and just about anyone who wants to help save lives.
The session -- which lasts about an hour and a half -- will be held on Monday, September 12th from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Greenhouse Cafe, 2271 East Main Street in Rochester.
If you're interested, you can contact Mr. Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 474-2260.
It could be a couple of hours that helps save the life of someone you care about.