Gateway’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Hosts Narcan Training

Monday, December 6, 2021

Gateway Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society hosted two Narcan training sessions for  students on November 16th, 2021. A total of 91 participants learned about the uses and precautionary measures to take if one were to encounter someone suffering from an opioid overdose. 

Distribution of the opioid reversal drug contained in the Narcan kit was the focus for each training session. The afternoon session was instructed by Lorrie McFarland, a Prevention Coordinator from BHcares in Asonia, CT. The evening session was taught by GCC Professor of Psychology Lauren Doninger. 

After each session, students received certificates of completion for Narcan distribution. In addition, each participant went home with a two dose Narcan kit. Narcan kits were generously donated by BHcares and the CT Department of Public Health.

"Prevention education about opioids, substance use disorder, and awareness such as Narcan trainings are proven to save lives,” said Amber Beedle, Vice President of Records and Chair of Service for GCC’s PTK. “I hope what we have put together for the 91 participating students at Gateway was a worthwhile learning experience. As each participant picked up their kit I left them with the message, I hope you never have to use this, but I am glad you are trained to be able to if you need to!” 

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage the academic success of students attending two-year colleges. Members have the opportunity to participate in honors and leadership programs, community service and fellowship programming.