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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Date: Monday, February 25
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration necessary.
Location: Fellowship Hall

Join Dr. John D’Angelo from Tri-Community South EMS as he relays his experience in our local community with the opioid crisis.

You will learn:

  • What led to the opioid crisis
  • What impact the opioid crisis has had on our local community
  • Why the Medicare population has one of the highest and fastest-growing rates of diagnosed opioid use disorder
  • Whether opioid addiction is a disease or a moral issue
  • Who is most susceptible to becoming addicted to opioids
  • How to recognize signs and symptoms of addiction
  • How to administer NARCAN, the drug that can reverse the effects of
    an opioid overdose

CPR instructor Dr. John D’Angelo, who became an employee of Tri-Community South in 2003 after a 35 year career as a high school and college English teacher, has worked as both an EMT and a CPR instructor.  Currently, Dr. D’Angelo is the system’s most active instructor averaging three to four classes each week.  In addition, Dr. D’Angelo’s articles have been extensively published both locally and nationally.  Included in the awards presented to Dr. D’Angelo are the 2013 District 39 First Responder Award and the 2015 EMSI state award for contributions to emergency medicine.


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