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Maryville conducts NARCAN training for District 207 staff

DES PLAINES, IL- Maryville’s Evening Supervisor Maggie Slowik and Case Coordinator Lashanda Holmes visited Maine Township High School District 207 on February 16 to conduct a NARCAN training.

Up to 40 security guards, nurses and athletic and administrative staff from Main East, Main West and Main South High Schools attended the presentation. Slowik and Holmes from Maryville’s Saint Josephine Bakhita Homes showed them how to administer the medication properly to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.

“After learning this training, you will have the power to save a life,” Slowik said. “Opioid overdose is the leading cause of death and can happen to anyone. 105,000 opioid deaths per year occur nationwide.”

Tigelique Woods, District 207 health programming coordinator, has been working with the administration to ensure that there is NARCAN available in each school. Boxes of medication in each school could be found in the nurse’s office, athletic centers and the front desk/security.

“Accidents happen unexpectedly and they could happen to anyone, anywhere. This training gives District 207 the power and confidence to intervene if an opioid overdose does occur under their watch.,” Slowik added.

The NARCAN training at District 207 coincided with Institute Day when students were off school. The staff gathered at Maine East High School to undergo training.

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