Maryville, a child care organization based in Des Plaines, will be conducting two Overdose Awareness trainings, one in the morning at Loretto Hospital in Chicago, and an afternoon training at Des Plaines Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Maryville’s staff led by Jim Eaglin, Family Behavioral Health Clinic recovery home operator, will spearhead the trainings on how to administer NARCAN, an opioid antagonist which works to cause a reversal effect of an overdose.
The morning training, through Maryville’s partnership with Loretto Hospital, will be on the sixth floor auditorium of Loretto Hospital. For those interested, they can select a time slot from the following: 10 to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 to 11 a.m., 11 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Supplies for the trainings are limited and those interested to attend must register by calling Maryville’s Nancy Woulfe at (847) 294-1910. Light refreshments will be served.
“Few communities have been more dramatically impacted by the opioid epidemic than Chicago’s West side Austin neighborhood,” said Tesa Anewishki, interim President & CEO, Loretto Hospital. “As we fight to stem the root causes of this disease, we also need to educate and empower our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, to intervene in cases of overdose.”
Eaglin looks forward to the training, a first for his team.
“I am excited that Maryville is co-hosting the event with Loretto Hospital, Des Plaines Public Library and Oakton Community College,” Eaglin said. “There is a need to bring overdose awareness to our communities and train people how to administer NARCAN to save lives.”
Eaglin has developed a plan for naloxone distribution during the training.
The afternoon training, also on Aug. 31, will be at the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St. in Des Plaines. The hours are 2 to 2:30 p.m., 2:30 to 3 p.m., 3 to 3:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 4 p.m. Like the Loretto Hospital training, registration is required by calling Maryville’s Nancy Woulfe.
The training at the Des Plaines Public Library is through Maryville’s partnership with the library and Oakton Community College.
Aug. 31 is designated as International Overdose Awareness Day.