ROCKTON (WIFR) -- A dozen more people in our area learn how to how to safely give the overdose reversal drug Nalaxone, the generic form of Narcan. Two local moms are determined to get a rescue kit into every home in the Stateline.
Tammy Wardemann never imagined that six months after losing her son Chris to a heroin overdose she'd be teaching other people how to properly give shots of Naloxone.
“I don’t want anyone else to go through this and if they have some one that’s addicted or they have someone that’s in active recovery, they can relapse, they need to know this available," says Tammy Wardemann.
The tiny vial of Naloxone reverses the effects of opiates on the brain during an overdose, opiates like heroin, OxyContin or Dilaudid. Heroin overdoses have claimed the lives of at least 11 people so far in 2014 in Winnebago County. Wardemann has made it her mission to teach people the right way to get a dose out of a vial and give the shot. Wardemann along with partner Bonnie Falzone-Capriola plan to hold sessions monthly at the old stone church in Rockton to educate people on the science of drug addiction and erase the shame that can surround drug addiction.
“Most of the time, it is a dual diagnosis, there’s some sort of depression or other type on mental illness," says Wardemann.
"This isn’t slowing down and Naxolone is another tool in the toolbox of addiction services and if a person can survive an overdose, then maybe they can find the treatment plans that will work," says Bonnie Falzone-Capriola.
Both women say even when someone is in recovery, relapses do happen and having the kit and the knowledge to use it can make the difference.
The Unitarian Universalist Church at 4848 Turner Street in Rockford will host training sessions on the first Monday of every month. They’ll begin on March 2nd and run from 6pm-7:30pm. The GPS Faith Community will run Naxalone handouts on the 2nd Monday of the month at their location at 10714 North 2nd Street in Machesney Park. The sessions at the Old Stone Church on 101 East Union in Rockton will be the third Monday of every month.
ROCKTON (WIFR) -- Drug overdoses have claimed the lives of nearly a dozen people in Winnebago County so far in 2015. One solution to save lives lies inside a tiny vial being handed out at a special training session tonight in Rockton.
This is the first time people in Rockton have had the chance to learn how to administer Nalaxone. It's a drug that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose from heroin and other opiates.
Training sessions being in October at Old Stone Church at 101 East Union Street in Rockton.