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Last updated: 6/6/17

Narcan education program

We want to help local businesses keep their establishments safe for everyone.

Since 20​07, more than 9,500 individuals in Boston have received training on how to administer Narcan. The medication is used to reverse opioid overdoses. Thousands more people have also been educated on overdose prevention techniques.

Request overdose prevention training

Questions about the program? Contact us:

Helen McDermott

About the training

Narcan saves lives

Narcan has been credited with reversing nearly 1,124 overdoses in Boston from October 2016 to May 2017. We offer education and training to opioid users, their families, and community partners.

At the training, you learn about:
  • the importance of calling 9-1-1 in the event of an overdose
  • how to perform rescue breathing and administer nasal Narcan, and
  • treatment options for opioid users.

Community training

We hold ongoing community training sessions that are open to the public in the afternoon and evening. We hold the training sessions at the Finland Building, 774 Albany Street, Boston MA 02118:

Afternoon Trainings​ sessions

Mondays, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

​2017 Dates

January – 9 and 23
February – 6 and 27  
March – 13 and 27
April – 10 and 24
May – 8 and 22
June –12 and 26  
July – 17 and 31
August – 7 and 21
September – 11 and 25
October – 16 and 30   
November – 6 and 20
December – 4 and 18

Evening Training sessions

Wednesdays, 6  – 7:30 p.m​​.

2017 Dates

January – 4 and 18
February – 1 and 15
March – 8 and 22
April – 5 and 19
May – 3 and 17
June – 7 and 21
July – 12 and 26
August – 2 and 16
September – 6 and 20
October – 11 and 25
November – 15 and 29
December – 12 and 27

Watch: How to administer nasal Narcan

Fire Department training

The Boston Fire Department also hosts Narcan training sessions that are open to the public. The locations and times of these training sessions are listed below.

August 4: 6 -7 p.m.

Dorchester (District 8) – 1884 Dorchester Ave (Engine 18 Ladder 6)

August 11: 6 - 7 p.m.

Jamaica Plain – 746 Centre St (Engine 28 TL10)

August 18, 6 - 7 p.m.

Hyde Park (District 12) – 60 Fairmount Ave (Engine 48 Ladder 28)​

August 25: 6 - 7 p.m.

West Roxbury (District 12) – 1940 Centre St (Engine 30 Ladder 25)

Safer bathrooms initiative

Know what to look for:
  • Unresponsive
  • Slow breathing
  • Lack of breathing
  • Blue lips or fingertips
Know what to do:
  • Call 911 right away
  • Perform rescue breathing
  • Administer Narcan

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