Learn how to recognize opioid addiction and overdose and how to administer the lifesaving overdose reversal drug Narcan at a free training session March 22 at the Crohan Community Center in Flanders.

Narcan — generic name: naloxone — temporarily blocks the effects of opioids — including heroin and prescription pain medications — allowing a stricken individual to regain consciousness and resume normal breathing. Without the intervention, overdose victims often die.

Health officials expect the total number of deaths from opioid overdoses in Suffolk County in 2017 to be at least 400, breaking a record set the year before. But Narcan has saved thousands of Suffolk residents from the same fate. In 2016, there were more than 9,000 Narcan administrations in Suffolk, according to state health department data.

The addiction awareness and training program is a collaboration of the Long Island Center for Recovery and the Southampton Town Police Department.

All are welcome, including those struggling with or in recovery from opioid addiction, their families and friends, community residents, providers and advocates for those in need of support.

The training session is scheduled for March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crohan Community Center, 655 Flanders Road, Flanders.

Click here to register for the event.

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