Business seminar on opioid addiction

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the HFM Prevention Council and the Fulton and Montgomery Counties Departments of Public Health, will hold a seminar titled, “Impacting Business: Solutions and Resources for the Addiction Crisis,” on Friday 8 a.m. at the Chamber’s Gloversville office, 2 N. Main St.

Studies show that one in four people know someone addicted to opioids — employees could be victims of opioid use in their families, or users themselves.  Opioid abusers are 40 percent more likely to use heroin. Addiction is a brain disease. The good news is that 23 million Americans lead healthy, productive lives in recovery from addiction.

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, the HFM Prevention Council and the Fulton and Montgomery Counties’ Departments of Public Health are inviting businesses to attend this seminar to learn more about the national opioid crisis, its local impacts and local resources for treating addiction and helping employees sustain recovery from addiction. The seminar will also cover signs and symptoms of substance abuse, legal issues and some simple guidelines for employers.

There also will be a Narcan training immediately following the seminar for anyone who may be interested.  Cost for the Narcan training is $15 and includes a kit.  Participants will be trained in how to administer nasal narcan and receive information on how to obtain it.  Nasal narcan blocks the opioids and restores normal breathing when sprayed in the nose of someone who has overdosed. It is safe, easy to administer and has no potential for abuse.

The seminar is free of admission; Narcan training is $15. RSVP is required for both. Contact Terry Swierzowski at the chamber at (518) 725-0641 or via email at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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