Amherst Survival Center Press Release: Overdose Prevention Education for the Community this Thursday!

Amherst, MA –  The Amherst Survival Center will host a community education program on recognizing and responding to an opioid overdose on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 12:30PM to 1:30PM. The public event will feature educators from Tapestry, the regional resource for overdose prevention education. All are welcome. Lunch at the Amherst Survival Center is served from 12PM-1PM. 

The public event is part of the Amherst Survival Center’s mission to connect residents of Hampshire and Franklin Counties to health and wellness. “In this case, the program will connect our community to information, skills and resources that we all can use to prevent and respond to opioid overdoses and prevent overdose deaths.” said Mindy Domb, Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center. “Tapestry has trained our staff twice in the past three years on responding to an opioid overdose and on how to use narcan, the life-saving treatment for people experiencing an opioid overdose. We wanted to bring this information and support to our larger community in the hope that more people will be equipped to prevent an overdose and save a life,” said Domb. “There may be family members, caretakers or other bystanders who find themselves in a situation where they may witness an overdose and can take actions to save a life – from calling 9-1-1 to using narcan.  This education program will help them to respond in those situations.” 

The Amherst Survival Center is located at 138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst, on the Rt. 33 PVTA bus route. More information on the Center can be found on its website: www.amherstsurvival.org. On Thursdays, the Center is open from 11am to 7pm.  All are welcome.