Craven County Opioid Epidemic Response hosting public resource fair

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – An event in one Eastern Carolina town will focus on getting life-saving resources and training into the hands of those helping fight substance abuse.

The Craven County Opioid Epidemic Response is hosting a public resource fair and Narcan training today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed and comfortable clothing is recommended.

The event is being held in recognition of national fentanyl awareness day to help inform communities about the fentanyl crisis in the U.S.

Narcan (Naloxone) is a fast-acting, safe, and easy-to-administer nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose within two to three minutes and reduce potentially fatal effects, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Officials say Narcan only works on overdoses caused by opioids and includes prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Fentanyl, Methadone, and Vicodin, as well as street drugs like Heroin.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, according to Craven County Opioid Epidemic Response. The organization says just two milligrams of fentanyl, equal to 10 to 15 grains of table salt, is considered a lethal dose.

The resource fair will have a Narcan training at noon.

The event is at the Riverfront Convention Center of Craven County at 203 South Front Street.