Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at The Avenue
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 4, 2016) — The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) Student Council is joining the UofL PEACC Center, BRICC Coalition and other groups to host a panel discussion and training on prescription opioid abuse and the national heroin epidemic from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at The Avenue – Cardinal Towne, 325 W. Cardinal Blvd.
Panelists will include representatives from the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, the Louisville Metro Police Department Narcotics Unit, BRICC Coalition and Metro Council District 6. A licensed Narcan instructor from the local chapter of Young People in Recovery will train students on use of the opiate antidote Narcan (naloxone), which can be used to reverse an opioid overdose.
Training builds on other intervention activities of UofL students to address a variety of public health issues. A number of medical, nursing and public health students have opted to become state certified HIV testers, and some have trained to help Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness with the needle exchange program designed to reduce the spread of HIV and blood-borne diseases.