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Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services launches NARCAN training program

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (C.A.R.S.), in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, has launched the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (OOPP) as part of its effort to combat the national opioid crisis. The initiative, announced Wednesday by CEO Jessica Janssen, aims to widely distribute Narcan, a medication vital in reversing opioid overdoses, across Tompkins and Cortland Counties.


The program, overseen by Ambulatory Nursing Manager Katarina Wehmeyer, will provide Narcan at all C.A.R.S. locations and host training sessions for staff at local businesses and organizations. The goal is to increase the availability of Narcan and educate the community on its use, enhancing the region’s capacity to address opioid overdoses effectively.

C.A.R.S. encourages local entities interested in onsite Narcan training to contact Wehmeyer for arrangements. The organization, which offers various addiction recovery services, is dedicated to promoting harm reduction and providing essential support in response to the opioid epidemic.