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Student Nurses at Penn Host Free Narcan Training

Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP) hosted a free Narcan training for nearly 100 members of the Penn community on Tuesday, November 19 in Fagin Hall.

The training was led by the Harm Reduction Team from the Substance Abuse and Overdose Awareness task force at the Philadelphia Department of Public of Health. It was attended by doctoral fellows, undergraduates from all four schools, graduate students, and faculty.

“I’m thankful to be given the opportunity to train health professional students and be a part of their education,” said Allison Herens, Harm Reduction Manager at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “I find that these trainings give students another perspective on substance use and addiction and offer non-traditional engagement strategies and solutions that will hopefully lead to better patient interactions and outcomes in the long run.”

The training covered Narcan, how to recognize an opioid overdose, and helping reduce the harmful effects of substance abuse and overdose on the community.

“It was such a great opportunity for PDPH staff to come to Penn and teach the community at large about overdose and overdose reversal,” said Lindsey Krott, Nu’21, the organizer of the student-led event. “These are invaluable skills for us as health care professionals and members of the community. I know my perspective and how I approach care has been greatly changed by the viewpoint and education of those at PDPH.”

Allison Herens said that the goal of events like these is to ensure that one day, when people who use drugs enter clinical settings, being treated with basic care and respect will be the new norm.