DHS Offers Free Training for Opioid Overdose Antidote

September 07, 2018 05:37 PM

The Department of Human Services offered free training on how to use naloxone Friday.

The drug can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.


Naloxone kits are available, but many do not know what to do if they encounter a person in crisis.

The DHS training, which is open to the public, is hands-on. Participants learn how to handle the medication, how to inject it and how to safely dispose of it.

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Participants also leave with two naloxone kits in case they have to use them.

"If you are, like me, someone who isn't medically trained, the idea of administering a drug to someone who is in crisis can be daunting, and what I learned today is that anyone can do this," DHS commissioner Emily Piper said.

Also Friday, DHS announced a new policy change where Minnesotans on Medicaid no longer have to get prior approval for certain medications used for opioid treatment.

DHS said in the past this has prevented people from getting help.

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