May 24, 2019

Coleman, Texas (May 24, 2019) – Clinical staff at Coleman County Medical Center (CCMC) attended a two-hour session at the Coleman Public Library, at the end of May, to learn more about the opioid crisis in Texas, and obtain additional training on the use of Naloxone/Narcan to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose.

“Concerns about opioid addiction and opioid overdose deaths in Texas and the U.S. have increased dramatically in the last few years, said Michelle Burdick, RN, “Opioid overdose deaths now exceed motor vehicle accidents as the number one cause of preventable deaths,” she explained.

Attacking addiction is, of course, a major concern, but decreasing overdose deaths is also a major focus.  The educational session — funded by the Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) and provided by Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative (TONI) in partnership with CCMC — offered free training to help local health, police and fire personnel, and other community members to recognize and reverse this life threatening condition. 

Trainers also provided each attendee with a free dose of Naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.

“We want to spread the word about the prevention of opioid addiction and reversal of opioid overdose to as many people in our community as possible,” said Burdick.  Anyone who would like more information is encouraged to check out TONI on its website or Facebook page.