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Hyde County Health Department is partnering with Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology to offer free opiate/ meth awareness training sessions at 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Hyde County government center multi-purpose room, 30 Oyster Creek Road, Swan Quarter.

Each two-hour session will focus on preventing public sector workers from being exposed to opioids and methamphetamine out in the field. Participants are asked to register as soon as possible.

This training course is designed as a hazard awareness course and informs workers how to recognize these substances and back away from them until the proper protocol for removal is followed.

“Some of these drugs are so lethal that responders have had adverse reactions from touching them while responding,” said Misty Gibbs, preparedness coordinator for the Hyde County Health Dept.

Naloxone kit. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The course will provide information on NIOSH/CDC and American Convention of Medical Toxicologists recommendations on how to protect oneself from overexposure, information on the use of naloxone to reverse overdoses and how to recognize when an overdose occurs.

All public sector employees who work intimately with the public (i.e. make home visits, home investigations, road side clean-up, etc.) are encouraged to attend.

The course agenda will include the following:
Understanding the Hazards of Opioids and Crystal Meth
Chemicals Used in Manufacturing Crystal Meth
Overdose: Physiology and Risk Factors for Opiates and Crystal meth
Overdose: Signs and Symptoms
Responding to an Overdose
Exposure Prevention

PPE Required
Using Naloxone

Registration is required and free.  To register for a session, visit


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