According to the Sparta Independent, the American Red Cross launched an online course on "First Aid for Opioid Overdoses," to help teach people how they should respond to a "known or suspected opioid overdose."
Rosie Taravella, CEO for the American Red Cross New Jersey Region stated how it is important to provide care immediately and know exactly what to do in order to save someone's life when a situation related to opioid use occurs.
This new online course is 45 minutes long and teaches you how to identify signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and what to do based on the responsiveness of the person. The course will also educate you on the different naloxone products that can be used to reverse opioid overdose effects, such as a nasal atomizer, Narcan® Nasal Spray and EVZIO.
Taking a Red Cross CPR/AED course is also encouraged, as opioid overdoses can lead to cardiac arrest.
For more information on the American Red Cross overall, or this course, visit the American Red Cross website or their Twitter page, here. The American Red Cross of NJ can be found at the site provided here, or the Red Cross NJ Twitter page.