JEFFERSON -- In response to the increase in opioid overdoses locally and statewide, the Jefferson County Drug Free Coalition is meeting with the Jefferson County Public Libraries and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin to provide free Narcan overdose prevention training sessions throughout the community.

The training will include information on local substance abuse resources, the importance of alerting emergency responders -- meaning calling 911 -- and hands-on experience with administering Narcan.

Participants will receive a free Narcan overdose reversal drug kit that can be used to respond to an overdose.

Concerned family, friends and community members are all encouraged to attend the free training. The sessions will be led by the staff of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

Locations for the Narcan training are:

-- Jefferson Public Library, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. with an interpreter available for Spanish speakers.

-- Irvin L. Young Memorial Library in Whitewater, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.

-- Johnson Creek Public Library, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m.

-- Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. with an interpreter available for Spanish speakers.

-- Karl Junginger Memorial Library in Waterloo, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.

-- Watertown Public Library, March 6 at 6 p.m.

-- Lake Mills Public Library, March 20 at 7 p.m.

For event information, contact Emi Reiner of the Jefferson County Drug Free Coalition, 920-674-7232; email, jeffcoDFC@gmail.com.

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