Campus Safety Receives Training For Treating Opioid Overdoses

Officers with the Ogeechee Technical College Department of Public Safety are now better equipped to serve the community.

Ogeechee Technical College Director for Campus Safety, Ryan McNeal, expanded campus safety services by participating in State Opioid Adapted Response (SOAR) Training last month.

According to a statement released by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, the 4-hour session trains safety responders to effectively administer Naloxone “NARCAN” to individuals suffering from an opioid overdose. Additionally, public responders learn how best to protect themselves and victims from further exposure.

“I am glad to have been extended the opportunity to participate in such excellent training from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center,” said McNeal. “There is a statewide push for this training and collaboration between the GPSTC and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. It is important for campus safety to be prepared for anything, and this gives us the opportunity to provide immediate care should this circumstance arise.”

The attendees also learned about recognizing the symptoms of an opioid overdose, best practices to protect themselves and the victim from further exposure, and the proper administration of Naxolone. The training sessions further provided information to report usage and obtain replacements of Naloxone at no cost to the agency.

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