Chamber of Commerce Offers Naloxone ‘Lunch and Learns’ with Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office

August 29, 2017

Talbot Chamber of Commerce & Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office
Aug. 29, 2017

The Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and the Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office have partnered to provide Naloxone training to local businesses starting in October.

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that reverses an opioid overdose yet has no abuse potential. Side effects are minimal and the medication is safe for children and pregnant women.

Local business owners and employees are invited to a series of chamber ‘Lunch and Learns,’ which provide a unique opportunity for training during a weekday lunch hour. Training takes about 30 minutes and participants will receive a free box of Naloxone, with two doses in each box. Businesses that have staff trained will receive a window cling that shows customers that a business has had Naloxone training.

Each business trained will receive one free box of Naloxone, but may have as many employees trained as desired.

The first trainings are scheduled from noon until 1 p.m. at the chamber office on Oct. 5, Oct. 24, Nov. 8 and Nov. 30. Each session can hold up to 16 people. Registration is available online at or by calling the chamber at 410-822-4653.

“The Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff welcome the opportunity to partner with the Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office to offer Naloxone training for local business men and woman,” said Al Silverstein, President & CEO Talbot County Chamber. “Our organization supports all efforts to combat the epidemic use of both legal and not-legal drugs. We know this training will prepare our participating members so that they can be in a position to save a life.”

Alexandra Duff, prevention coordinator with Talbot County Health Department administers the trainings. Funding for the Naloxone came from a state grant that provided resources for 266 boxes of the life-saving drug. Those boxes, combined with Duff’s existing supply amounts to 350 boxes available for trainings. With two doses in each box, the trainings will provide 700 free doses for our community.

“Last year in Maryland more than 2,000 people died from an opioid overdose,” Duff said. “This grant enables us to get 700 doses of this life-saving medicine across our county, and this partnership with the chamber is invaluable in helping reduce opioid deaths in our county.”

Trainings include an overview of how to recognize the signs of an overdose; how to respond to an overdose; and how to administer Naloxone.

In addition, each training includes general information on Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law, which protects people who call 911 for an overdose from prosecution for certain crimes, and information on getting Naloxone.

Training certificates are good for two years. Renewal certificates do require a refresher training course.

Duff also is working with the firehouses in Talbot County to schedule additional trainings, starting in October. For more information on Naloxone or other substances contact Duff at 410-819-5600.

Naloxone, commonly sold under the brand name Narcan is available without a prescription in Maryland. Cost varies based upon insurance coverage.

The Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office helps community groups, agencies and individuals in providing programs and activities to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, and to build a healthier community. Resources include parenting skills, video and resource loan library, awareness campaigns and educational workshops.

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